My Life as Author and Editor

My Life as Author and Editor

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Baker & Taylor
After thirty-five years in a sealed vault, the autobiography of one of America's greatest social and literary critics chronicles Mencken's remarkable life, discussing his rivalries, feuds, and friendships; his views on the world; and much more. 12,500 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
After thirty-five years in a sealed vault, the autobiography of America's great social and literary critic now comes to light, edited and with an introduction by Jonathan Yardley. H. L. Mencken stipulated in his will that the manuscript not be read for thirty-five years so that no one mentioned in its pages would still be alive on publication, thus giving the author the freedom to write what he pleased.
The narrative contains many profiles and reminiscences covering Mencken's years in the magazine world, particularly with the Smart Set, which he co-edited with George Jean Nathan. The heart of the book, however, lies in the descriptions of the relationships - rivalries, feuds, friendships and mentorships - that Mencken carried on with many of the significant writers of the twentieth century, including Theodore Dreiser, James Joyce, Willa Cather, Ezra Pound, Eugene O'Neill, Frank Harris, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Aldous Huxley and Sinclair Lewis.
Full of wonderfully revealing anecdotes and biting observations, these pages are spiked with his trademark outrageous and pugnacious wit, as well as his alarming frankness. Although the memoir breaks off in the early 1920's because of a stroke he suffered in 1948, it contributes significantly to our understanding of the legendary literary era of which he was at the center. It also makes abundantly clear - if proof were ever needed - why he was our greatest social commentator, and why he has had an enduring impact on American society and letters.

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Chronicles Mencken's remarkable life, discussing his rivalries, feuds and friendships, views on the world, and much more

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1992
ISBN: 9780679413158
Branch Call Number: 818x MENCK MENCK
Additional Contributors: Yardley, Jonathan
Notes: Includes index


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