A Mencken Chrestomathy Audiobook, by H. L. Mencken Play Audiobook Sample

A Mencken Chrestomathy Audiobook

A Mencken Chrestomathy Audiobook, by H. L. Mencken Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 17.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 13.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: December 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781799933458

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37:03 minutes

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19 seconds

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06:42 minutes

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Edited and annotated by H. L. M., this is a selection from his out-of-print writings. They come mostly from books—the six installments of the Prejudices series, A Book of Burlesques, In Defense of Women, Notes on Democracy, Making a President, A Book of Calumny, Treatise on Right and Wrong—but there are also magazine and newspaper pieces that never got between covers (from the American Mercury, the Smart Set, and the Baltimore Evening Sun) and some notes that were never previously published at all.

Listeners will find edification and amusement in his estimates of a variety of Americans—Woodrow Wilson, Aimee Semple McPherson, Roosevelt I and Roosevelt II, James Gibbons Huneker, Rudolph Valentino, Calvin Coolidge, Ring Lardner, Theodore Dreiser, and Walt Whitman. Those musically inclined will enjoy his pieces on Beethoven, Schubert, and Wagner, and there is material for a hundred controversies in his selections on Joseph Conrad, Thorstein Veblen, Nietzsche, and Madame Blavatsky.

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“The culling of the best, the choicest passages, from the famous Prejudices, which in their day made Mencken leader of the iconoclasts, shocker of the conservatives, and favorite of the younger generation.”

— Kirkus Reviews 

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About H. L. Mencken

H. L. Mencken (1880–1956) was an American journalist, critic, essayist, satirist, and scholar. He began his career on local newspapers in 1899, becoming a reporter for the Baltimore Morning Herald and then serving on the staff of the Baltimore Sun. He is best known for the aggressive iconoclasm of his editorial policies, challenging cherished beliefs and institutions. The term “Menckenian” has entered multiple dictionaries to describe anything of or pertaining to Mencken, including his combative rhetorical and prose style.

About Grover Gardner

D. A. Carson is research professor of the New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is cofounder (with Tim Keller) of the Gospel Coalition, and has written or edited nearly sixty books. He has served as a pastor and is an active guest lecturer in church and academic settings around the world.