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The Skeptic: A Life of H. L. Mencken

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.
The Skeptic: A Life of H. L. Mencken
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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.
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."
A balanced, judicious assessment, flecked with sharply critical insights. --Washington Post Book World"
Author
Terry Teachout
Short Title
SKEPTIC
Pages
410
Publisher
Harper Perennial
Language
English
ISBN-10
006050529X
ISBN-13
9780060505295
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
B
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2003
Publication Date
2003-11-30
Imprint
HarperCollins
Place of Publication
New York, NY
Country of Publication
United States
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