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Prejudices, First Series

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In "Prejudices, First Series" by H. L. Mencken, the author presents a series of essays that tackle various social and cultural issues prevalent in American society during the early 20th century. Mencken's writing is characterized by his sharp wit, keen observations, and unapologetically contrarian viewpoints.

Throughout the book, Mencken challenges conventional wisdom and sheds light on the flaws and hypocrisies of society. He delves into topics such as religion, politics, education, and the media, offering a critical analysis that is both thought-provoking and provocative.

While some readers may find Mencken's language and opinions to be harsh or offensive, his writing is undeniably engaging and incisive. He forces readers to confront uncomfortable truths and question their own beliefs, making this book a compelling read for those willing to engage with challenging ideas.

Overall, "Prejudices, First Series" is a thought-provoking and insightful collection of essays that will appeal to readers interested in exploring complex societal issues through the lens of a provocative and influential writer.

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Mencken sharpens his pen and in a collection of short essays delivers acerbic opinions on issues and persons of the time. Among his targets in this volume are critics, H.G. Wells Thorstein Veblen, Arnold Bennett, William Dean Howells, Irvin S. Cobb. Mencken's critiques are delivered against a background of his own well known ethnic, racial, religious, and sectional prejudices. Not for the faint of heart, Mencken's prickly, yet unapologetic, prose reveals a window into American attitudes at the time they were written and their influences on the larger American culture. - Summary by DrPGould

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