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By H. L. Mencken

"Mencken weighs 172 kilos, is five toes 10 inches in peak and never attractive. His leader leisure, after studying, is piano-playing, this he does very crudely. he is taking no workout other than jogging and is a average eater and drinker. He occasionally beverages as low as one bottle of beer every week, notwithstanding this does not ensue very often." So wrote H. L. Mencken approximately himself, in a quick caricature of his existence penned in 1905.

Perhaps America's most efficient literary stylist and such a lot mordant wit, Mencken's most tasty writing instructed approximately his personal lifestyles and reviews. In Mencken on Mencken, veteran Mencken editor and student S. T. Joshi has assembled a hefty selection of the easiest of Mencken's autobiographical items that experience no longer seemed formerly in publication shape. those forty-four choices disguise a large choice of issues starting from incidents from Mencken's way of life to reflections on pals and associates to his careers as writer, journalist, and editor, to his travels in a foreign country.

As a journalist in Baltimore, Mencken encountered many strange characters: a certified mourner employed via a lager distiller, a wagon motive force who slept throughout the nice Baltimore fireplace of 1904, a proven bachelor who left city to prevent the clutches of a predatory widow. He offers money owed of literary figures he knew, similar to Theodore Dreiser, and ruminations on his paintings on the Baltimore solar and as editor for the magazines clever Set and the yankee Mercury.

In an essay titled "What I Believe," he eschews humor and writes straightforwardly of his longtime scorn for the assumption of faith, and in his journalist mode he displays on a half-century of attending political conventions, drawing on his titanic inside of wisdom to savage the corruption and incompetence of the political type. a great trip author, Mencken provides us a rollicking account of beer-drinking in Munich, astute observations of political unrest in Cuba, and punctiliously drawn scenes from an extended travel he and his spouse made from the Mediterranean in 1934.

Joshi has completely annotated the items and likewise compiled an in depth thesaurus of names and phrases that Mencken mentions. Mencken on Mencken bargains an absolutely rounded self-portrait of 1 of America's such a lot colourful personalities and such a lot awesome males of letters.

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