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This fourth printing of "A Book of Prefaces" offers me temptation, as the third did, to revise the whole book, and particularly the chapters on Conrad, Dreiser and Huneker, all of whom have printed important new books since the text was completed. In addition, Huneker has died. But the changes that I'd make, after all, would be very slight, and so it seems better not to make them at all. From Conrad have come "The Arrow of Gold" and "The Rescue, " not to mention a large number of sumptuous reprints of old magazine articles, evidently put between covers for the sole purpose of entertaining collectors. From Dreiser have come "Free, " "Twelve Men, " "Hey, Rub-a-Dub-Dub" and some chapters of autobiography. From Huneker, before and after his death, have come "Unicorns, " "Bedouins, " "Steeple-Jack, " "Painted Veils" and "Variations." But not one of these books materially modifies the position of its author. "The Arrow of Gold, " I suppose, has puzzled a good many of Conrad's admirers, but certainly "The Rescue" has offered ample proof that his old powers are not diminished. The Dreiser books, like their predecessors that I discuss here, reveal the curious unevenness of the author. Parts of "Free" are hollow and irritating, and nearly all of "Hey, Rub-a-Dub-Dub" is feeble, but in "Twelve Men" there are some chapters that rank with the very best of "The Titan" and "Jennie Gerhardt." The place of Dreiser in our literature is frequently challenged, and often violently, but never successfully. As the years pass his solid dignity as an artist becomes more and more evident. Huneker's last five works changed his position very little. "Bedouins, " "Unicorns" and "Variations" belong mainly to his journalism, but into "Steeple-Jack, " and above all into "Painted Veils" he put his genuine self. I have discussed all of these books in other places, and paid my small tribute to the man himself, a light burning brightly through a dark night, and snuffed out only at the dawn. I should add that the prices of Conrad first editions given on page 56 have been greatly exceeded during the past year or two. I should add also that the Comstockian imbecilities described in Chapter IV are still going on, and that the general trend of American legislation and jurisprudence is toward their indefinite continuance. H. L. M. Baltimore, January 1, 1922.

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Seven books: The american credo, The american language, The philosophy of friedrich Nietzsche, A book of burlesques, A book of prefaces, Damn! A book of calumny, In defense of women.

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Seven books: The american credo, The american language, The philosophy of friedrich Nietzsche, A book of burlesques, A book of prefaces, Damn! A book of calumny, In defense of women. by H.L. Mencken Book Summary:

Henry Louis "H. L." Mencken was a German-American journalist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English, known as the "Sage of Baltimore". One of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the twentieth century, he produced dozens of books. Prejudices is a collection of some of the best essays he ever wrote and established the style that made him a titan of the free press. This book collects the first three volumes (out of six). This volume contains 7 NOVELS : THE AMERICAN CREDO THE AMERICAN LANGUAGE THE PHILOSOPHY OF FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE A BOOK OF BURLESQUES A BOOK OF PREFACES DAMN! A BOOK OF CALUMNY IN DEFENSE OF WOMEN

H. L. MENCKEN.Six Book Collection The American Credo,The American Language, The Philosophy Of Friedrich Nietzsche, A Book Of Burlesques, A Book Of Prefaces, Damn! A Book Of Calumny.

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H. L. MENCKEN.Six Book Collection The American Credo,The American Language, The Philosophy Of Friedrich Nietzsche, A Book Of Burlesques, A Book Of Prefaces, Damn! A Book Of Calumny. by H. L. Mencken Book Summary:

H. L. MENCKEN. Six Book Collection The American Credo The American Language The Philosophy Of Friedrich Nietzsche A Book Of Burlesques A Book Of Prefaces Damn! A Book Of Calumny Zona de los archivos adjuntos Henry Louis Mencken (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956) was an American journalist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English. Known as the "Sage of Baltimore", he is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the twentieth century. He commented widely on the social scene, literature, music, prominent politicians and contemporary movements. His satirical reporting on the Scopes trial, which he dubbed the "Monkey Trial", also gained him attention. As a scholar, Mencken is known for The American Language, a multi-volume study of how the English language is spoken in the United States. As an admirer of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, he was a detractor of religion, populism and representative democracy, which he believed to be a system in which inferior men dominated their superiors. Mencken was a supporter of scientific progress, skeptical of economic theories and critical of osteopathic and chiropractic medicine.