By H. L. Mencken
Edited and annotated via H.L.M., this can be a choice from his out-of-print writings. they arrive generally from books—the six of the PREJUDICES sequence, A publication OF BURLESQUES, IN protection of ladies, NOTES ON DEMOCRACY, creating a PRESIDENT, A booklet OF CALUMNY, TREATISE ON correct AND WRONG—but there also are journal and newspaper items that by no means received among covers (from the yank Mercury, the shrewdpermanent Set, and the Baltimore night sunlight) and a few notes that have been by no means formerly released in any respect.
Readers will locate edification and entertainment in his estimates of a number of Americans—Woodrow Wilson, Aimee Semple McPherson, Roosevelt I and Roosevelt II, James Gibbons Huneker, Rudolph Valentino, Calvin Coolidge, Ring Lardner, Theodore Dreiser, and Walt Whitman. these musically prone will take pleasure in his items on Beethoven, Schubert, and Wagner, and there's fabric for 100 controversies in his choices on Joseph Conrad, Thorstein Veblen, Nietzsche, and Madame Blavatsky.
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115–167 40. Elizabeth Pickett explained a similar position to her friend Anne Knight, who had been urging her to join a woman’s suffrage campaign: Think not my honoured Friend that I less regard the vital subject of our sex’s influence – because I venture in some respect to differ from yourself as to the present mode of proceeding for the attainment of the rights you seek. The first difficulty you have to overcome is to convince Men aye & women too that our sex possess Mental & Moral power & energy to enable them to enter into & compass the bearings of legislative subjects – and this is not so much to be accomplished by the open assertion of womans rights – however truthfully & eloquently they may be enforced – as by the practical exhibition of that power in furtherance of the great & universal cause of truth & 48 Defining the Problem justice – within the sphere – narrow & restricted tho’ it be which under present circumstances is open to Womans usefulness.
If the censure is in a slight degree, he sinks a little more below the level of a truly enlightened mind; and in proportion as he is more severe, so much the nearer does he approach to the tyrant, the barbarian, and the savage. I, pp. 312–13 4. Numberless circumstances have been recorded in ancient history, during intermediate ages, in which female abilities and talents have been displayed in various gradations and extremes, anterior to that grand epoch, in which a woman was so conspicuously chosen to assist in the great work of atonement, in producing the Redeemer.
I therefore do not wish my name to be connected with its proceedings by any act of my own. Harriet Martineau to ‘Madam’ (20 March ) in Sanders (1990), pp. 115–167 40. Elizabeth Pickett explained a similar position to her friend Anne Knight, who had been urging her to join a woman’s suffrage campaign: Think not my honoured Friend that I less regard the vital subject of our sex’s influence – because I venture in some respect to differ from yourself as to the present mode of proceeding for the attainment of the rights you seek.
A Mencken Chrestomathy: His Own Selection of His Choicest Writing by H. L. Mencken