Hal Crowther on H.L. Mencken

The controversial career of H. L. Mencken, the most powerful individual journalist of the twentieth century, is a critical text for anyone concerned with the balance of power between the free press, the government, and the corporate plutocracy. Mencken, the belligerent newspaperman from Baltimore, was not only the most outspoken pundit of his day but also, by far, the most widely read, and according to many critics the most gifted American writer ever nurtured in a newsroom—a vanished world of typewriter banks and copy desks that electronic advances have precipitously erased. Hal Crowther followed in many of Mencken’s footsteps as a reporter, magazine editor, literary critic, and political columnist. In An Infuriating American: The Incendiary Arts of H.L. Mencken, Crowther focuses on Mencken the creator, the observer who turned his impressions and prejudices into an inimitable group portrait of America, painted in prose that charms and glowers and endures. Crowther examines the origin of Mencken’s thunderbolts—where and how they were manufactured, rather than where and on whom they landed. Hal Crowther is a critic and essayist, and a former syndicated columnist and newsmagazine editor at Time and Newsweek. His most recent collection of essays, Gather at the River, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle prize in criticism. He lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with his wife, the novelist Lee Smith.

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11/09/2014 - 3:00pm
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ISBN: 9781609382810
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Published: University Of Iowa Press - October 1st, 2014