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By H.L. Mencken

This glorious Sequel to the best-selling A Mencken Chrestomathy of approximately part a century in the past is filled with the iconoclastic logic that marked H. L. Mencken's fabulous profession because the leading American social critic of the 20 th century. accumulated via Mencken himself ahead of he died in 1956, this moment chrestomathy ("a selection of chosen literary passages," with the accessory at the tom) comprises writings a couple of number of topics - politics, battle, tune, literature, women and men, attorneys, brethren of the fabric. a few of his essays have beguiling titles - "Notes for a good Autobiography," "The Commonwealth of Morons," "Le Vice Anglais," "Acres of Babble," "Hooch for the Artist." them all are a excitement to learn, and we're reminded that what Mencken wrote within the early years of this century is still acceptable to a truly assorted the USA.

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Following Mencken’s example in the passages he revised most extensively, as well as in his editing of the original Chrestomathy, I have closed up line breaks and unnecessary paragraph breaks and excised superfluous exclamation points. I have also done a bit of topping and tailing on certain passages extracted from books or longer articles, and silently made a few cuts of my own in order to prune redundancies and now-obscure topical references. All ellipsis points are Mencken’s and, as in the original Chrestomathy, are not intended to indicate cuts (except in “A New Constitution for Maryland” and “Nietzsche on Christianity”).

A Book of Calumny, the revised version of In Defense of Women, Notes on Democracy and the six volumes of Prejudices. All of this material is in the typing of Mrs. Rosalind C. Lohrfinck, Mencken’s secretary, with interlinear corrections by Mencken. The second and third files contain mounted clippings of columns from the Baltimore Sunpapers and unsorted carbons of various other published articles. The fourth and fifth files contain loose, unsorted clippings from newspapers and magazines, some dating as far back as the early 1900s.

Some 147 of the 238 passages reprinted here are, to the best of my knowledge, appearing in book form for the first time. Of the remaining passages, sixty-two come from books that are no longer in print. Another twenty-nine are currently in print in various Mencken anthologies; of these, twenty-one appear in previously unpublished versions prepared by Mencken specifically for the Second Chrestomathy. A case in point is “The Commonwealth of Morons,” an abridged version of the essay “On Being an American,” first published in Prejudices: Third Series and reprinted in two of the standard Mencken anthologies, James Farrell’s Prejudices: A Selection (1958) and Huntingdon Cairns’s The American Scene (1965).

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