Mencken: The American Iconoclast

Mencken: The American Iconoclast

Marion Elizabeth Rodgers


A towering determine at the American cultural panorama, H.L. Mencken sticks out as considered one of our so much influential stylists and fearless iconoclasts--the 20th century's maximum newspaper journalist, a well-known wit, and a continuing determine of controversy.
Marion Elizabeth Rodgers has written the definitive biography of Mencken, the main illuminating booklet ever released approximately this immense of yank letters. Rodgers captures either the general public and the non-public guy, masking the various amorous affairs that made him often called "The German Valentino" and his satisfied marriage on the age of fifty to Sara Haardt, who, regardless of a deadly sickness, refused to turn into a sufferer and earned his private love. The e-book discusses his friendships, specially his complex yet stimulating partnership with the famed theater critic George Jean Nathan. Rodgers vividly recreates Mencken's period: the glittering tapestry of turn-of-the-century the US, the roaring twenties, depressed thirties, and the house entrance in the course of global warfare II. however the center of the booklet is Mencken. whilst few dared to shatter complacencies, Mencken fought for civil liberties and unfastened speech. We see the well-known position he performed within the Scopes Monkey Trial, his lengthy campaign opposed to Prohibition, his fierce battles opposed to press censorship, and his consistent publicity of pious frauds and empty uplift. The champion of our tongue in The American Language, Mencken additionally performed a pivotal function in defining the form of yankee letters via The clever Set and The American Mercury, magazines that brought such writers as James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Langston Hughes. The paradoxes of Mencken's existence are explored, as new gaps are crammed concerning his infamous perspectives of minorities and his clash, as a German American, in the course of global wars. And all through, Rodgers captures the irrepressible spirit and irreverent wit for which Mencken used to be famed.
Drawing on study in additional than sixty files together with deepest collections within the usa and in Germany, formerly unseen, on particular interviews with Mencken's neighbors, and on his love letters and FBI documents, here's the whole portrait of 1 of America's such a lot colourful and influential males.

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