By H. L. Mencken
"Mencken weighs 172 kilos, is five toes 10 inches in peak and never appealing. His leader enjoyment, after examining, is piano-playing, this he does very crudely. he is taking no workout other than jogging and is a reasonable eater and drinker. He occasionally beverages as low as one bottle of beer per week, notwithstanding this does not ensue very often." So wrote H. L. Mencken approximately himself, in a quick cartoon of his existence penned in 1905.
Perhaps America's preferable literary stylist and such a lot mordant wit, Mencken's most attractive writing informed approximately his personal existence and reviews. In Mencken on Mencken, veteran Mencken editor and student S. T. Joshi has assembled a hefty number of the easiest of Mencken's autobiographical items that experience no longer seemed formerly in publication shape. those forty-four decisions conceal a large choice of subject matters starting from incidents from Mencken's way of life to reflections on acquaintances and co-workers to his careers as writer, journalist, and editor, to his travels out of the country.
As a journalist in Baltimore, Mencken encountered many strange characters: a qualified mourner employed via a lager distiller, a wagon driving force who slept during the nice Baltimore hearth of 1904, a proven bachelor who left city to prevent the clutches of a predatory widow. He offers money owed of literary figures he knew, corresponding to Theodore Dreiser, and ruminations on his paintings on the Baltimore solar and as editor for the magazines clever Set and the yankee Mercury.
In an essay titled "What I Believe," he eschews humor and writes straightforwardly of his longtime scorn for the belief of faith, and in his journalist mode he displays on a half-century of attending political conventions, drawing on his significant within wisdom to savage the corruption and incompetence of the political category. an exceptional shuttle author, Mencken offers us a rollicking account of beer-drinking in Munich, astute observations of political unrest in Cuba, and thoroughly drawn scenes from an extended journey he and his spouse made up of the Mediterranean in 1934.
Joshi has completely annotated the items and in addition compiled an intensive thesaurus of names and phrases that Mencken mentions. Mencken on Mencken bargains an absolutely rounded self-portrait of 1 of America's so much colourful personalities and so much outstanding males of letters.