By H. L. Mencken
Edited and annotated via H.L.M., this can be a choice from his out-of-print writings. they arrive in general from books—the six of the PREJUDICES sequence, A booklet OF BURLESQUES, IN security of girls, NOTES ON DEMOCRACY, creating a PRESIDENT, A e-book OF CALUMNY, TREATISE ON correct AND WRONG—but there also are journal and newspaper items that by no means bought among covers (from the yankee Mercury, the shrewdpermanent Set, and the Baltimore night solar) and a few notes that have been by no means formerly released in any respect.
Readers will locate edification and enjoyment in his estimates of numerous Americans—Woodrow Wilson, Aimee Semple McPherson, Roosevelt I and Roosevelt II, James Gibbons Huneker, Rudolph Valentino, Calvin Coolidge, Ring Lardner, Theodore Dreiser, and Walt Whitman. these musically prone will get pleasure from his items on Beethoven, Schubert, and Wagner, and there's fabric for 100 controversies in his decisions on Joseph Conrad, Thorstein Veblen, Nietzsche, and Madame Blavatsky.
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Richards (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1993), 3–4. Inside the Imagination-Machines of Gothic Fiction 37 22. Geoffrey Batchen, Burning with Desire: The Conception of Photography (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1997), 81. 23. Erasmus Darwin, The Loves of the Plants (1789; rpt. Oxford: Woodstock Books, 1991), v–vi. 24. Charles Dibdin, ‘The Camera Obscura’, in Mirth and Metre, consisting of Poems, Serious, Humorous, and Satirical; Songs, Sonnets, Ballads & Bagatelles (London: Vernor, Hood, and Sharpe, 1807), 144–6: 145.
Gaz-plucking In the Autumn of 1809, a writ for habeas corpus was delivered to Bethlem Hospital (‘Bedlam’) demanding the release of an inmate who had been confined in the hospital for 13 years. This led to a hearing before the King’s Bench in which affidavits from the family of the confined lunatic were considered against those furnished by Bethlem Hospital itself. Chief among the affidavits on the side of the confined man was an account by two doctors, one George Birkbeck MD and his associate Henry Clutterbuck, of their visits to the prisoner over the course of some months, leading to their conclusion that he exhibited no traces of insanity and should be released.
48 The events are as follows. 49 The door leading to these apartments has been locked and the apartments neglected for the past twenty years, so that the interior remains as it was left by the Marchioness. Her ‘robe and several articles of her dress [are] scattered upon the chairs; her prayer-book lies open; and her bed remains with its curtains . . 50 In order to quash reports that the bedroom is haunted, Ludovico volunteers to spend the night there, armed with a sword lent by his master. Late one night, he duly locks himself inside the apartments and, after ensuring that no-one else is present, enters the Marchioness’s bedroom, draws his chair closer to the fire burning on the hearth, and begins to read ‘The Provencal Tale’.
A Mencken Chrestomathy: His Own Selection of His Choicest Writing by H. L. Mencken