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"Drawing on research in more than 60 archives (including previously unseen private collections in the U.S. and in Germany), exclusive interviews with Mencken's friends and his love letters, this is a meticulous portrait of one of the most original and complicated men in American letters." ( Publishers Weekly)
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By D. Littman on 12-31-09
a very detailed biography
This is a very detailed biography of HL Mencken, perhaps the greatest (sometimes nasty, sometimes intellectual) journalist of his generation in the US. A colorful guy (or at least I thought so before reading this biography), a colorful writer and generator of many pithy quotable quotes (I still think so after reading this biography).
There is nothing really wrong with the book, if you want to follow HL around day-by-day, year-after-year. But the life of a journalist (and typically of most famous authors ... Hemingway excepted perhaps) is not all that interesting. I found that my interest in Mencken flagged about halfway through the book and, had I had a paperbound version, I might have skimmed through the rest ... something that is hard to do with audio.
The book is well-written and well-narrated. That is in its favor.
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By R. A. Steele on 04-26-18
The Sound Editing Was Non-Existent
Or perhaps it was too heavily edited. Hard to say. Each chapter heading sounded so mechanical, one has to wonder if that effect was what the editor wanted. Each session change included an alteration in ambient sound and voice tone. Luckily the story of the life of HL Menkin was interesting enough to keep me listening all by itself.