Disturber of the Peace
The Life of H.L. MenckenDownloadable Audiobook - 2008
A biography of H.L. Mencken that tells of how, for better or worse, he rose to his unique position as comic genius and pre-eminent critic of American culture. Here is the story of a man whose massive power of invective inspired and infuriated his contemporaries and whose popularity and unpopularity mounted with the frenzied pace of the 1920s. Mencken sounded a loud, jarring note to a world governed by conformity and never hesitated to express his contempt for every kind of hypocrite, fake, and narrow-minded censor. Mencken had a human side, which Manchester details--not just his rambunctious wit and pungent criticism but also his courtesy and hospitality, the warmth of his friendships, his support of many struggling writers, and his personal foibles and weaknesses. What emerges from this highly readable biography is a compelling portrait of an extraordinary man.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, 2008.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file)