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The Resource An infuriating American : the incendiary arts of H.L. Mencken, by Hal Crowther

An infuriating American : the incendiary arts of H.L. Mencken, by Hal Crowther

Label
An infuriating American : the incendiary arts of H.L. Mencken
Title
An infuriating American
Title remainder
the incendiary arts of H.L. Mencken
Statement of responsibility
by Hal Crowther
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
As American journalism shape-shifts into multimedia pandemonium and seems to diminish rapidly in influence and integrity, the controversial career of H. L. Mencken, the most powerful individual journalist of the twentieth century, is a critical text for anyone concerned with the balance of power between the free press, the government, and the corporate plutocracy. Mencken, the belligerent newspaperman from Baltimore, was not only the most outspoken pundit of his day but also, by far, the most widely read, and according to many critics the most gifted American writer ever nurtured in a newsroom{u2014}a vanished world of typewriter banks and copy desks that electronic advances have precipitously erased. Nearly 60 years after his death, Mencken{u2019}s memory and monumental verbal legacy rest largely in the hands of literary scholars and historians, to whom he will always be a curious figure, unchecked and alien and not a little distasteful. No faculty would have voted him tenure. Hal Crowther, who followed in many of Mencken{u2019}s footsteps as a reporter, magazine editor, literary critic, and political columnist, focuses on Mencken the creator, the observer who turned his impressions and prejudices into an inimitable group portrait of America, painted in prose that charms and glowers and endures. Crowther, himself a working polemicist who was awarded the Baltimore Sun{u2019}s Mencken prize for truculent commentary, examines the origin of Mencken{u2019}s thunderbolts{u2014}where and how they were manufactured, rather than where and on whom they landed. Mencken was such an outrageous original that contemporary writers have made him a political shuttlecock, defaming or defending him according to modern conventions he never encountered. Crowther argues that loving or hating him, admiring or despising him are scarcely relevant. Mencken can inspire and he can appall. The point is that he mattered, at one time enormously, and had a lasting effect on the national conversation. No writer can afford to ignore his craftsmanship or success, or fail to be fascinated by his strange mind and the world that produced it. This book is a tribute{u2014}though by no means a loving one{u2014}to a giant from one of his bastard sons. --Provided by publisher
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Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Crowther, Hal
Dewey number
  • 818/.5209
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3525.E43
LC item number
Z546 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Muse books : the Iowa series in creativity and writing
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mencken, H. L.
  • Authors, American
  • Journalists
  • Editors
  • Mencken, H. L.
  • Authors, American
  • Editors
  • Journalists
  • United States
Label
An infuriating American : the incendiary arts of H.L. Mencken, by Hal Crowther
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A disarming introduction to an alarming American -- Machine dreams -- Angry with his own time -- The word at war -- "I remain a foreigner" -- recessional -- Acknowledgments -- Bibliographic essay
Control code
881469262
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
87 pages
Isbn
9781609382810
Isbn Type
(pbk : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014010200
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)881469262
Label
An infuriating American : the incendiary arts of H.L. Mencken, by Hal Crowther
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A disarming introduction to an alarming American -- Machine dreams -- Angry with his own time -- The word at war -- "I remain a foreigner" -- recessional -- Acknowledgments -- Bibliographic essay
Control code
881469262
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
87 pages
Isbn
9781609382810
Isbn Type
(pbk : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014010200
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)881469262

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