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Mencken : the American iconoclast

Author: Marion Elizabeth Rodgers
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005, [i.e. 2007]
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In this definitive and illuminating biography of Mencken the giant of American letters, we see the prominent role he played in the Scopes Monkey Trial, his crusade against Prohibition, battles  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: H L Mencken; H L Mencken
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marion Elizabeth Rodgers
ISBN: 9780195331295 019533129X
OCLC Number: 154707900
Notes: T.p. verso is that of 2005 hardback issue, including ISBN 9780195072389. ISBN of this issue from back cover only. Date of publication from publisher's Web site.
Description: ix, 662 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Contents: PROLOGUE: BOSTON, 1926 ; PART ONE: 1880-1914 ; 1. The Citizen of Baltimore ; 2. The Eternal Boy ; 3. August Mencken & Bro ; 4. Baltimore and Beyond ; 5. Terse and Terrible Texts ; 6. Plays and Players ; 7. The Great Baltimore Fire ; 8. A Man of Ability ; 9. A Young Man in a Hurry ; 10. Broadening Horizons ; 11. The Bad Boy of Baltimore ; 12. Outside, Looking In ; PART TWO: 1914-1919 ; 13. The Holy Terror ; 14. Mencken, Nathan, and God ; 15. Round One! ; 16. Berlin, 1917 ; 17. The Prevailing Winds ; 18. Over Here ; 19. The Infernal Feminine ; PART THREE: 1920-1930 ; 20. The Dry Millennium Dawns ; 21. Of Politics and Prose ; 22. That Man in Baltimore ; 23. The Duel of Sex ; 24. Old Discord and New Alliances ; 25. The Scopes Trial ; 26. In the Crucible ; 27. Banned in Boston ; 28. The Great God Mencken ; 29. A Sentimental Journey ; 30. The German Valentino ; 31. The Sea of Matrimony ; 32. Variations on a Familiar Theme ; PART FOUR: 1930-1935 ; 33. The Tamed Ogre of Cathedral Street ; 34. Hard Times ; 35. "Happy Days are Here Again" ; 36. Maryland, My Maryland ; 37. The Tune Changes ; 38. The Late Mr. Mencken ; 39. A Time to Be Wary ; 40. A Winter of Horror ; PART FIVE: 1936-1940 ; 41. Baltimore's Friendly Dragon ; 42. Mencken as Boss ; 43. Berlin, 1938 ; 44. Polemics and Prejudices ; 45. Triumph of Democracy ; PART SIX: 1941-1948 ; 46. The Weapon of Silence ; 47. On the Home Front ; 48. Mencken and the Guild ; 49. Friends and Relatives ; 50. The Man Who Hates Everything ; 51. The Great Upset of 1948 ; PART SEVEN: 1949-1956 ; 52. The Last Days ; EPILOGUE: THE PASSING OF AN ERA ; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ; NOTES ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDEX
Responsibility: Marion Elizabeth Rodgers.
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