A Life

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
Offers a look at the professional and personal life of the American literary figure, using newly available correspondence, papers, and a diary

Blackwell North Amer
Ever in control, H. L. Mencken contrived that future generations would see his life as he desired them to. He even wrote Happy Days, Newspaper Days, and other books to fit the pictures he wanted: first, the carefree Baltimore boy; then, the delighted, exuberant critic of American life.
But he told only part of the truth. Over the past twenty-five years - since the last Mencken biography - vital collections of the writer's papers have become available, including his literary correspondence, a 2,100-page diary, equally long manuscripts about his literary and journalistic careers, and numerous accumulations of his personal correspondence. The letters and diaries of Mencken's intimates have been uncovered as well.
Now Fred Hobson has used this newly accessible material to fashion the first truly comprehensive portrait of this most original of American originals: a man who was so unhappy in his teens that he contemplated suicide, who taught himself German in order to write on Nietzsche, who considered himself as much European as American; a literary lion who, without benefit of academic training, compiled renowned volumes on the American language; a man of hates and loves, of passions and prejudices - all portrayed in intimate, elegant detail in this landmark biography.

& Taylor

Using newly available information--including literary correspondence, papers, and a diary--the author gives a comprehensive portrait of the complex man who wrote Newspaper Days and many other books. 12,500 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Random House, [1994]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1994
ISBN: 9780394563299
Branch Call Number: 818x MENCK HOBSO
Characteristics: xx, 650 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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