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Mencken: A Life, by Fred C. Hobbs

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When H.L. Mencken died in 1956, he left behind well-ordered diaries, letters, and personal papers which biographer Fred Hobson has collected in the definitive portrait of a complex and colorful life. In" Mencken: A Life, " Hobson quotes liberally from Mencken's writings on every subject, from Americans ("the most timorous, sniveling, poltroonish, ignominious mob of serfs and goose-steppers ever gathered under one flag") to the English ("England gave us Puritanism, Germany gave us Pilsner") to the Jews (both "the most unpleasant race ever heard of" and "the chief dreamers of the human race, and beyond all comparison its greatest poets"). Along with Mencken's well-known literary slashings at the "boobsoisie" - with his trademark political "incorrectitude" - Hobson's access to thousands of pages of personal manuscripts allows a broad and thoughtful look at the demons and affections of the personal ife of the Sage of Baltimore.

Used. Good condition. Some damage to the top of the book. Tape on the back cover.