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Too much neglected author,
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This review is from: H.L. Mencken: Prejudices: The Complete Series (Library of America) (Hardcover)
I bought these volumes for a friend and ended up reading almost all of both for myself as we passed them between us. Mencken is a writer whom I had heard mentioned regularly but took him to be more a dated source of witticism than a lasting voice to be heard with respect. These essays and pieces give a fascinating insight into the US political and literary scene in the pre-WW1period and its aftermath. Mencken should be given much more prominence as pungent observer of the society in which he lived and as an interpreter of trends and fallibilities in its governance which continue to dictate patterns of political behaviour.