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"Ich Kuss Die Hand", "Ich Kuss Die Hand", 0817350152, 0-8173-5015-2, 978-0-8173-5015-4, 9780817350154,

"Ich Kuss Die Hand"
The Letters of H. L. Mencken To Gretchen Hood

Quality Paper
2003. 168 pp.
978-0-8173-5015-4
Price:  $29.95 s

Henry Louis "H. L." Mencken was an American journalist, essayist, magazine editor, satirist, acerbic critic of American life and culture, and a student of American English.  Mencken, known as the "Sage of Baltimore”, is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the 20th century.

“Mencken wrote nearly 250 letters, postcards, and telegrams to Hood. In this bright little volume, Peter Dowell includes slightly more than half of those missives. . . . [His] editing of the letters is in every way admirable, as is his introduction.” – American Spectator


 

Peter W. Dowell teaches English and American Studies at Emory University. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

 

“Dowell has edited the collection skillfully: with an enlightening introduction, thorough annotation of the letters, and quotation from Mencken’s published writing pertinent to the correspondences . . . it shows the Baltimorean cavorting at the height of his notoriety, his endless fascination with this ‘republic of go-getters’ that provided such a wealth of material and so much delight.” – American Literature

 

“As Peter Dowell observes in his informative introduction, the constant joking, the callow invective about friends and enemies, and the incessant monitoring of his own health masked the private Mencken. . . . [S]till he could be generous and brave and even conscious of the slightly ridiculous figure he cut.” – Times Literary Supplement

 

“Mencken wrote nearly 250 letters, postcards, and telegrams to Hood. In this bright little volume, Peter Dowell includes slightly more than half of those missives. . . . [His] editing of the letters is in every way admirable, as is his introduction.” – American Spectator

 


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