The Skeptic: A Life of H. L. Mencken by Terry Teachout

The Skeptic: A Life of H. L. Mencken

Terry Teachout
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When H. L. Mencken talked, everyone listened — like it or not. In the Roaring Twenties, he was the one critic who mattered, the champion of a generation of plain-speaking writers who redefined the American novel, and the ax-swinging scourge of the know-nothing, go-getting middle-class philistines whom he dubbed the “booboisie.” Some loved him, others loathed him, but everybody read him. Now Terry Teachout takes on the man Edmund Wilson called “our greatest practicing literary journalist,” brilliantly capturing all of Mencken's energy and erudition, passion and paradoxes, in a masterful biography of this iconoclastic figure and the world he shaped.

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When H. L. Mencken talked, everyone listened — like it or not. In the Roaring Twenties, he was the one critic who mattered, the champion of a generation of plain-speaking writers who redefined the American novel, and the ax-swinging scourge of the know-nothing, go-getting middle-class philistines whom he dubbed the “booboisie.” Some loved him, others loathed him, but everybody read him. Now Terry Teachout takes on the man Edmund Wilson called “our greatest practicing literary journalist,” brilliantly capturing all of Mencken's energy and erudition, passion and paradoxes, in a masterful biography of this iconoclastic figure and the world he shaped.

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“A fascinating biography that has much of the neat phrasing and sly wit that the rancorous writer displayed himself.”—Publishers Weekly

Author Biography

Terry Teachout is a member of the editorial board of the New York “Daily News”. His writing appears in “The American Scholar, Commentary, High Fidelity, Musical America, National Review, The New Criterion, The New Dance Review, and The Wall Street Journal.”

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