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Beliefs[ edit ] In his capacity as editor, Mencken became close friends with the leading literary figures of his time, including Theodore DreiserF. He also championed artists whose works he considered worthy.
For example, he asserted that books such as Caught Short! He also mentored John Fante. Hirshberghe wrote a series of articles and in most of a book about the care of babies. Mencken admired German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche he was the first writer to provide a scholarly analysis in English of Nietzsche's views and writings and Joseph Conrad.
His humor and satire owe much to Ambrose Bierce and Mark Twain. He did much to defend Dreiser despite freely admitting his faults, including stating forthrightly that Dreiser often wrote badly and was a gullible man. Mencken also expressed his appreciation for William Graham Sumner in a collection of Sumner's essays, and regretted never having known Sumner personally.
In contrast, Mencken was scathing in his criticism of the German philosopher Hans Vaihingerwhom he described as "an extremely dull author" and whose famous book Philosophy of 'As If' he dismissed as an unimportant "foot-note to all existing systems.
Hornbeck rightseen here as played by Gene Kelly in the Hollywood film version. He particularly relished Twain's depiction of a succession of gullible and ignorant townspeople, "boobs," as Mencken referred to them, who are repeatedly gulled by a pair of colorful con men: These hucksters pose now as earnest fundraisers for temperance —who get drunk on the proceeds; as pious "saved" men collecting money for a far off evangelistic mission—to pirates on the high seas; and as learned doctors of phrenologyalthough they can barely spell.
In the end the townsfolk wise up, and the scoundrels are ridden out on a rail. For Mencken the episode epitomizes the hilarious dark side of America, where democracy, as defined by Mencken, is "the worship of jackals by jackasses.
A noted curmudgeon,  democratic in subjects attacked, Mencken savaged politics,  hypocrisy, and social convention. Master of English, he was given to bombast, once disdaining the lowly hot dog bun's descent into "the soggy rolls prevailing today, of ground acorns, plaster of paris, flecks of bath sponge and atmospheric air all compact.
As a frank admirer of Nietzsche, Mencken was a detractor of populism and representative democracywhich he believed was a system in which inferior men dominated their superiors.
The play Inherit the Wind is a fictionalized version of the trial, and, as noted above, the cynical reporter E. Hornbeck is based on Mencken. Inhe deliberately had himself arrested for selling an issue of The American Mercury that was banned in Boston under the Comstock laws.
She was accused of faking her reported kidnapping and the case attracted national attention. There was every expectation Mencken would continue his previous pattern of anti-fundamentalist articles, this time with a searing critique of McPherson.
Unexpectedly, he came to her defense, identifying various local religious and civic groups which were using the case as an opportunity to pursue their respective ideological agendas against the embattled Pentecostal minister. After all charges had been dropped against McPherson, Mencken revisited the case in with a sarcastically biting and observant article.
He wrote that since many of that town's residents acquired their ideas "of the true, the good and the beautiful" from the movies and newspapers, "Los Angeles will remember the testimony against her long after it forgets the testimony that cleared her.
Mencken, says Charles A. Fecher, was, "deeply conservative, resentful of change, looking back upon the 'happy days' of a bygone time, wanted no part of the world that the New Deal promised to bring in.
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He believed that every community produced a few people of clear superiority. He considered groupings on a par with hierarchies, which led to a kind of natural elitism and natural aristocracy.
Knopf published Mencken's "secret diary" as The Diary of H. According to an Associated Press story, Mencken's views shocked even the "sympathetic scholar who edited it," Charles A. Mencken said, "There is no other Jew in Baltimore who seems suitable," according to the article. The diary also quoted him as saying of blacks, in Septemberthat "it is impossible to talk anything resembling discretion or judgment to a colored woman.
They are all essentially child-like, and even hard experience does not teach them anything. For example, he had this to say about a Maryland incident: Not a single bigwig came forward in the emergency, though the whole town knew what was afoot.Contact About Links: Search results Found matching titles: Homeward Songs by the Way A.E.
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