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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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Mencken
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Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072389.003.0048

Although World War II did not affect Mencken personally, he was dismayed by the way shortages interfered with the routine of American life. He also became disillusioned with the practice of journalism. To Mencken, reporters have become timid bystanders, leaving their work early in order to play golf. Just as he had during World War I, Mencken focused on neutral subjects in his books. His trilogy of memoirs, Happy Days, Newspaper Days, and Heathen Days were greeted with much success, as was his New Dictionary of Quotations and the fourth edition of The American Language.

Keywords:   shortages, Happy Days, Newspaper Days, Heathen Days, New Dictionary of Quotations, The American Language

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