This is the first biography since his death of the man Edmund Wilson has called the greatest practicing literary journalist” since Poe. It is also the first fully documented life to be issued. Mr. Bode has based his book on a host of Mencken letters, many unpublished; on family papers; on a variety of Mencken materials in print and out; and on many taped interviews with remaining friends of Mencken as well as with some of his old enemies. Two other things about the book are important firsts.” The book analyzes Mencken’s writing as it related to his life. And the book indicates the relation of Mencken to his time
Mr Bode’s Mencken takes us from the almost pastoral Baltimore of the 1880’s when Mencken was a boy; through World War I when Mencken was termed a traitor; into the Roaring Twenties when he was the decade’s leading intellectual, magazine editor, and newspaper man; into the Depression when his influence sank to nearly nothing; then into the 1940’s when he issued his mellow reminiscences; and finally to his last years in Baltimore.
Among the chapters are: Daily and Sunday,” Dreiser and the Fruits of Dissidence,” The Mercury: Mencken’s Mind and Art,” Mainstay of the Sun,” Mencken, Darwin, and God,” Mencken in Love,” The Circus of Dr. R.,” and Friends and Familiars.”
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Carl Bode is Professor of English at the University of Maryland. He has written widely on various phases of American literature, particularly on twentieth-century culture.Review:
No other study has been nearly as successful as this one in presenting the late H. L. Mencken in context.” Gerald J. Johnson, Chicago Sun-Times Book Week
The most recent and best to date of the many biographies of Henry Louis Mencken is Carl Bode’s carefully researched book and much documented study of one of the most influential writers on the American scene from 1900 to 1950 A fine, even definitive biography.” Best Sellers
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Descrizione libro Southern Illinois University Press, 1969. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0809303760