Book, Print in English

Thirty-five years of newspaper work

H.L. Mencken ; edited by Fred Hobson, Vincent Fitzpatrick, Bradford McE. Jacobs.
  • Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1994.
  • xxxiv, 377 pages ; 23 cm.
  • George Peabody Library, Non-Circ
    818.52092 M5221 H6 1994b c. 1
    Available
    • Schrader A 85.1.a. Paperbound. Inscribed to Thompson by Fitzpatrick and Hobson. One press release has been removed from the volume and is available in Ms. 491.
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Genre
  • Presentation inscriptions (Provenance) 20th century.
  • Presentation copies (Provenance) 20th century.
Summary
  • In January 1991 the Enoch Pratt Free Library opened the sealed manuscript of H. L. Mencken's "Thirty-five Years of Newspaper Work." Written in 1941-42 and bequeathed to the library under time-lock upon Mencken's death in 1956, it is among the very last of his papers opened to the public. Thirty-five Years of Newspaper Work, a one-volume abridgement of Mencken's much longer memoir, vividly pictures the excitement of newspaper life in the heyday of print journalism. Here Mencken colorfully recalls his years - mostly with the Baltimore Evening Sun - as a reporter and a writer of editorials that always caused a stir among the public and uproars of indignation among his enemies. The volume includes important new material on his coverage of presidential candidates from 1912 to 1940 (Mencken on Harding's inaugural address: "a string of wet sponges") and the 1925 trial of the man he called the "infidel Scopes." Mencken also describes his brief stint as a war correspondent on Germany's subzero Eastern Front in 1917 and the perilous voyage back, which took him through Havana just as a revolution was breaking out. (He stayed to cover it.) He writes, with curious detachment, about the "inevitable" war and likely fate of Germany's Jews during a final visit to his ancestral homeland in summer 1938. And he describes colorful Baltimore personalities, shares local gossip, and offers candid - usually unflattering - portraits of the politicians and clerics he mostly despised.
Contents
  • 1. Young Editor Out of a Job, 1906-1910
  • 2. Prime Minister Without Portfolio, 1910-1914
  • 3. Minority of One, 1914-1919
  • 4. My Ex-Best Girl Has Designs on You, 1919-1920
  • 5. Fruits of Versailles, 1920-1922
  • 6. That Man in Baltimore, 1922-1924
  • 7. Make Tennessee Forever Infamous, 1925
  • 8. Grand Tour of the South, 1925-1926
  • 9. Knavish Dishonesty of Politicians, 1928
  • 10. No Desire to Be Admired by Morons, 1929-1931
  • 11. Prohibition Was on the Rocks, 1932-1934
  • 12. Battle in the Grand Manner, 1934
  • 13. Snake Charmers, 1933-1937
  • 14. Chapter Had Ended, 1937-1939
  • 15. Leaving the Stage, 1939-1941
  • Appendix A. An Editorial Memorandum (1919)
  • Appendix B. Gridiron Club Speech, December 8, 1934.
Other information
  • Advanced uncorrected proofs.
  • Includes bibliographical references.
  • Indexed by: Schrader, R.J. H.L. Mencken, A 85.1.a
ISBN
  • 0801847915
  • 9780801847912
Identifying numbers
  • OCLC: 689144952
  • OCLC: 689144952