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Prejudices: First Series
by H. L. Mencken
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1919. American newspaperman, editor and critic. The first in a series of six, aptly named collection of essays from Mencken, who was known for his excellence in framing insults aimed at anyone. Contents: Criticism of Criticism of Criticism; The Late Mr. Wells; Arnold Bennett; The Dean; Professor Veblen; The New Poetry Movement; The Heir of Mark Twain; Hermann Sudermann; George Ade; The Butte Bashkirtseff; Six Members of the Institute; The Genealogy of Etiquette; The American Magazine; The Ulster Polonius, An Unheeded Law-Giver; The Blushful Mystery; George Jean Nathan; Portrait of an Immortal Soul; Jack London; Among the Avatars; and Three American Immortals. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
Since then the decline of Wells has been as steady as his rise was rapid. Call the roll of his books, and you will discern a progressive and unmistakable falling off. Into "The Passionate Friends" there crept the first downright dullness. By this time his readers had become familiar with his machinery and his materials -- his elbowing suffragettes, his tea-swilling London uplifters, his smattering of quasi-science, his intellectualized adulteries, his Thackerayan asides, his text-book paragraphs, his journalistic raciness -- and all these things had thus begun to lose the blush of their first charm.
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