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MenckenThe American Iconoclast$
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Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195072389

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072389.001.0001

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THE ETERNAL BOY

THE ETERNAL BOY

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(p.32) 2 THE ETERNAL BOY
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Mencken
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Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072389.003.0003

This chapter introduces the themes that formed Mencken's views later in his life. Mencken's experience as an adolescent during the Depression of 1893 foreshadowed his view of the Great Depression of the 1930s; his preference for realism in his reading and writing blossomed when he became a national critic; and his love of books and writing inspired him to become a newspaperman. Other themes include his love of music and romance with the opposite sex.

Keywords:   polytechnic institute, chemistry, Stephen Crane, Rudyard Kipling, Great Depression

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