"Written with verve, intellectual sophistication, and a prickly wit worthy of its eminent subject. . . . A first-class piece of literate entertainment" (The New Yorker). Before he went on to become a celebrated biographer and historian, renowned for such works as A World Lit Only by Fire, American Caesar, and The Last Lion, William Manchester worked as a reporter for The Baltimore Sun in the 1940s-and it was there that he met fellow journalist H. L. Mencken. This book tells the story of "conservative anarchist" H. L. Mencken's life in compelling, intimate detail-and offers a uniquely personal look at the influential cultural critic and satirist who cofounded the magazines The American Mercury and The Smart Set and became a legend for his sharp and highly quotable wit.
by William Manchester
by William Shakespeare
by William Sherman
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