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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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A MAN OF ABILITY

A MAN OF ABILITY

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(p.94) 8 A MAN OF ABILITY
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Mencken
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Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072389.003.0009

Mencken tried to rehabilitate the Herald after the Baltimore Fire. In his desperation, he abandoned his own principles and printed a fabricated story about the Russo-Japanese war. Restless, he came to the realization that journalism was fleeting, and that “the man who devotes his life to it writes his history in water.” He returned to drama criticism, a powerful medium for scrutinizing the beliefs of society. His first serious book of criticism was on playwright George Bernard Shaw. Although His literary stature was rising, it could not avert the demise of his newspaper, the Baltimore Herald.

Keywords:   William Jennings Bryan, journalism, Baltimore Herald, Russo-Japanese War, fabricated story, George Bernard Shaw, Charles Grasty

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