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In Defense of Marion: The Love of Marion Bloom & H.L. Mencken Hardcover

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 397 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Georgia Pr; First Edition edition (June 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820317675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820317670
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,911,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

In an amazing feat of puzzle-working, Edward A. Martin has reconstructed the love affair between Marion Bloom, a struggling Washington writer, and H. L. Mencken, the respected journalist. The affair transpired before Mencken's marriage to Sara Haardt and, as we learn, contained the tumult and intensity that that latter relationship didn't. Though Mencken burned the letters Bloom sent to him, Bloom kept the ones from Mencken. Martin uses those remaining letters plus Bloom's letters to her sister and various writings of Mencken to piece together the tale, which knocks some of the polish off Mencken's image.


Martin ... skillfully edited this disparate mass of material into a readable and illuminating chronicle of what was by far the most intense romantic relationship of Mencken's life. -- The New York Times Book Review, Terry Tachout

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