The situation of The American Mercury did not improve during the Depression, and brought Alfred Knopf; his father, Samuel; and Mencken at a crossroads. Samuel Knopf wanted Mencken to expand the magazine along his own editorial lines; Mencken balked. A new generation of college students derided him; critics said that Mencken's columns aroused as much controversy as the weatherman. At this juncture, George Jean Nathan wrote his memoirs, Friends of Mine, and his disloyalty put an end to their troubled friendship.
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