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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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TERSE AND TERRIBLE TEXTS

TERSE AND TERRIBLE TEXTS

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(p.62) 5 TERSE AND TERRIBLE TEXTS
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Mencken
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Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072389.003.0006

While working twelve hours a day, seven days a week, young reporter Mencken finds time to write short stories and poetry. His influences include Rudyard Kipling and Theodore Dresier. All this activity takes its toll, and Mencken travels to the Caribbean to recuperate. His previous notions of race were shattered upon seeing that unlike the African-Americans in Baltimore, those in Jamaica were given high positions in government and administration. He begins writing a humorous column on local politics, but yearns for more excitement in his life.

Keywords:   Rudyard Kipling, Jamaica, Baltimore and the Rest of the World, fabricated texts, Ellery Sedgewick

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