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Mencken

H(enry) L(ouis). 1880--1956, US journalist and literary critic, noted for The American Language (1919): editor of the Smart Set and the American Mercury, which he founded (1924)
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Mencken once nicked Bierce for reprinting his early work, which was "filled with epigrams against frauds long dead and forgotten, and echoes of old and puerile newspaper controversies.
About a decade after his book on Nietzsche, Mencken made his mark as one of the most vigorous of literary rabble-rousers with an essay that savaged Puritanism as a force in American writing.
Indeed, Mencken influenced a whole generation of writers who celebrated his irreverent style and sought to imitate his irreverent attitude (minus his animus toward Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal, of course, which is silently edited out of his memory).
Now one could find Mencken alongside Dickens, Franklin, Yeats, and other approved masters in the largest bookstore chain in America.
This is Mencken at the height of his considerable powers holding forth on one of his favorite topics.
Nice Mencken article [Unvarnished Truth: The Incomparable H.
Mencken "never tired of making the South a national spectacle.
Mencken, who in the early decades of the 20th century wrote that the newspaper with aspirations to profitability should pander to the simple minds and baser instincts of the masses, scaring them with threats and then reassuring them with simplistic and unchallenging remedies.
Mencken addressed the National Conference of Editorial Writers in 1947, he pulled no punches in his assessment of the craft or its practitioners.
Mencken has published his stories); she eyes marrying a rich man.
Well, sorry, but if this is the sort of prose that makes one a 'legend' to the New York Times, these days, I can state with certainty that the truly great journalist/writers of the past- Lardner, Mencken, Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, Oscar Wilde- have little to fear in regards to usurpation of their laurels with this work.