- Series: Commonwealth Classics in Biography
- Paperback: 376 pages
- Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Pr; 2 edition (November 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0870235443
- ISBN-13: 978-0870235443
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Disturber of the Peace: The Life of H.L. Mencken (Commonwealth Classics in Biography) Paperback – November, 1986
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Mencken's father died of a heart attack when he was quite young and he became the man of the house and took care of his mother until her death. She supported him in his efforts of journalism and he loved her very much.
Mencken is most famous for his patronage of authors like Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis and Theodore Dreiser. He wrote critiques of all their books and published several of their short stories in his various magazines.
He also was interested in the Scopes trial, in which he termed " the Monkey Trial". When the movie "Inherit the Wind" came out his character was played by Gene Kelly.
He married late in life to a Southern woman named Sarah Haardt whom he met when supporting women's right to vote. After a seven year courtship they were married and Sarah died five years later from tuberculosis. Mencken was devastated.
He lived a very interesting life and supported freedom and racial and women's rights before it was a popular thing to do. He also was a great supporter of Germany and had a hard time during the two World Wars.
Manchester has written a loving biography of a man he deeply admired. I enjoyed this book.
H. L. Mencken was an icon of the 1920's. He writing is full of irony. I think that one can become misled by his message if one reads his work at a superficial level. In addition to being very illuminating about the life of H. L. Mencken in general, Mr. Manchester's biography has really helped me understand and appreciate the writings of Mr. Mencken. Thank You...
"Kim jest Mencken, o ktorym czesto wspominasz? Jego mysli mnie intryguja. Czy pozyczylbys mi piec dolarów?"
At such questions, I simply reach into my knapsack and produce a copy of this book. It contains what you need to get started in your new life as a Mencken energumen. If you begin with the many volumes of Mencken's original writings that are being reissued, you may be stymied by the topical nature of his work and be left scratching your whiskers over references to the American novelist Winston Churchill, Lizette Woodworth Reese, Gerhardt Hauptmann, obscure fraternal lodges, and numerous dry politicians such as William G. McAdoo (made famous for posterity by the chorus that went "Doo-McAdoo-McAdoo-McAdoo-McAdoo-McAdoo").
This book puts it all into perspective with no heavy lifting. It's a fun read and a perfect gift for an adolescent niece or nephew who shows insufficient signs of rebellion.
This printing of the book is Manchester's expanded edition, so you get more bang for the buck, but if you find an earlier edition for less, get that. Just get it!
My only objection to this edition is that it bowdlerizes the original title: "Disturber of the Peace: the Life and RIOTOUS TIMES of H. L. Mencken."