By H.L. Mencken
"Chrestomathy," from the Greek for "useful learning," is outlined as a range of selection literary passages by means of one writer. the cloth which ultimately made it into Mencken's moment chrestomathy was once found by means of Mencken's biographer Teachout in 1992, after greater than 30 years in garage, and is full of the trademark logic and barbed wit of this nice social critic.
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Mencken’s Notebooks The Bathtub Hoax Letters of H. L. Mencken H. L. Mencken on Music The American Language: The Fourth Edition and the Two Supplements, Abridged The American Scene The Diary of H. L. Mencken My Life as Author and Editor FIRST VINTAGE BOOKS EDITION, OCTOBER 1995 Copyright © 1994 by Enoch Pratt Free Library Editing and annotations copyright © by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Introduction copyright © 1994 by Terry Teachout All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions.
Nor can the man of science. The clearest thinking of the world is done and the finest art is produced, not by men who are hungry, ragged and harassed, but by men who are well-fed, warm and easy in mind. It is the artist’s first duty to his art to achieve that tranquillity for himself. Shakespeare tried to achieve it; so did Beethoven, Wagner, Brahms, Ibsen and Balzac. Goethe, Schopenhauer, Schumann and Mendelssohn were born to it. In the older countries, where competence is far more general and competition is thus more sharp, getting on in the world is often cruelly difficult, and sometimes almost impossible.
L. MENCKEN The American Language The American Language: Supplement I The American Language: Supplement II In Defense of Women Prejudices Notes on Democracy Treatise on the Gods Treatise on Right and Wrong Happy Days Newspaper Days Heathen Days A New Dictionary of Quotations Christmas Story A Mencken Chrestomathy Minority Report: H. L. Mencken’s Notebooks The Bathtub Hoax Letters of H. L. Mencken H. L. Mencken on Music The American Language: The Fourth Edition and the Two Supplements, Abridged The American Scene The Diary of H.