By Marion Elizabeth Rodgers
A towering determine at the American cultural panorama, H.L. Mencken sticks out as one in all our so much influential stylists and fearless iconoclasts--the 20th century's maximum newspaper journalist, a recognized wit, and a continuing determine of controversy.
Marion Elizabeth Rodgers has written the definitive biography of Mencken, the main illuminating ebook ever released approximately this huge of yank letters. Rodgers captures either the general public and the personal guy, protecting 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 disorder, refused to turn into a sufferer and earned his inner most love. The e-book discusses his friendships, specially his advanced 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 USA, the roaring twenties, depressed thirties, and the house entrance in the course of global battle II. however the center of the e-book is Mencken. while few dared to shatter complacencies, Mencken fought for civil liberties and unfastened speech. We see the widespread 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 yank 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 relating to his infamous perspectives of minorities and his clash, as a German American, in the course of international wars. And all through, Rodgers captures the irrepressible spirit and irreverent wit for which Mencken used to be famed.
Drawing on learn in additional than sixty records together with inner most collections within the usa and in Germany, formerly unseen, on unique interviews with Mencken's buddies, and on his love letters and FBI documents, this is the entire portrait of 1 of America's so much colourful and influential males.