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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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PLAYS AND PLAYERS

PLAYS AND PLAYERS

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(p.70) 6 PLAYS AND PLAYERS
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Mencken
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Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072389.003.0007

Mencken finds reprieve by becoming a drama critic. An older critic gives him valuable advice that becomes the mainstay of Mencken's style: in order to get a crowd, you must give them a show. Mencken finds his true métier, and promotes the controversial and liberating plays of George Bernard Shaw and Henrik Ibsen. Professionally, he publishes a book of poetry (Ventures Into Verse) and becomes City Editor of the Herald. In his personal life, he begins to date actresses and starts a new musical group called, The Saturday Night Club.

Keywords:   Robert Carter, George Bernard Shaw, Henrik Ibsen, Ventures Into Verse, Virginia Kline, The Saturday Night Club, Lynn R. Meeklins

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