[Group] Mencken, H.L., Prejudices, First Series--philc

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Post by DrPGould » February 21st, 2018, 12:46 pm

Karen:

Welcome to the Project. Section 7 is yours.

Many thanks,

Philip
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Post by DrPGould » February 26th, 2018, 7:55 pm

Barbara:

Section 4 is in the MW and ready for PL.

Many thanks,

Philip
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Post by wildlindajohnson » February 28th, 2018, 6:42 am

Hi, I'll take Sections 2 and 3.
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Post by DrPGould » February 28th, 2018, 9:34 am

Hello Linda!

Sections 2 & 3 are yours!

Many thanks,

Philip
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Post by barbara2 » February 28th, 2018, 10:33 pm

DrPGould wrote:
February 26th, 2018, 7:55 pm
Barbara:

Section 4 is in the MW and ready for PL.

Many thanks,

Philip
Section 4 is PL OK!

I suppose that was a literary obituary and that there will be more of those to come in this volume. Even if we disagree with Mencken (about the mighty Jane Austen, in my case) we can always relish the vigor and honesty of his opinions.

Best,

Barbara

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Post by DrPGould » February 28th, 2018, 11:26 pm

Thank you Barbara, for your PL.

In Mencken's particular case, some of his biases reflect his times and they were shared by many in positions of power or authority. His views are a reflection of his time. In some ways, we as people have grown beyond some of his biases, some continue to plague the human condition. His works can be a measuring stick to measure social progress.

It is interesting to note, as well that he absorbed some of the sectional prejudice of the US. He did not like the southern US at all. (Now, I'm not a native southerner, but I have spent most of my life in the south, and my family for generations prior to my being born were nearly all native southerners.) He did fall madly in love with and marry a woman from Alabama...but that was the only thing about the south he actually loved. It is also interesting that many times, prejudice stems from ignorance of the thing against which the prejudice is directed. But in Mencken's case, he was not an ignorant man-so why the prejudice.

While I do miss reading all those tables :roll: I do think it is important that these unsavory ideas be dusted off and examined in the light of day. Left to the dark corners, they go underground and cause even greater damage.

I hope you are enjoying this.

Philip
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Post by Shasta » March 1st, 2018, 11:57 am

I would do Sections 8 and 9
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Post by DrPGould » March 1st, 2018, 1:56 pm

Shasta:

Welcome to the project. Sections 8 & 9 are yours!

Many thanks,

Philip
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Post by wildlindajohnson » March 2nd, 2018, 5:15 pm

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Post by DrPGould » March 2nd, 2018, 5:29 pm

Linda:

Thank you so much for Section 2. It is in the MW and ready for PL.

Philip
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Post by barbara2 » March 3rd, 2018, 12:55 am

Nice to listen to you again, Linda. PL OK.

I have read only "Ann Veronica" (one of the early novels that Mencken approves of) and I remember enjoying it.

Best,

Barbara

On a personal note: my darling grandfather, as a boy, got to know H. G. Wells.

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Post by Shasta » March 3rd, 2018, 7:23 pm

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Post by DrPGould » March 3rd, 2018, 7:36 pm

Shasta:

Thank you for Section 8. It is in the MW and Ready for PL.

Philip
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Post by wildlindajohnson » March 4th, 2018, 1:17 pm

barbara2 wrote:
March 3rd, 2018, 12:55 am
Nice to listen to you again, Linda. PL OK.

I have read only "Ann Veronica" (one of the early novels that Mencken approves of) and I remember enjoying it.

Best,

Barbara

On a personal note: my darling grandfather, as a boy, got to know H. G. Wells.
Thanks for the compliment Barbara :clap:
Here's Chapter 3:


https://librivox.org/uploads/philchenevert/prejudicesfirstseries_03_mencken_128kb.mp3 [30:38]
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Post by DrPGould » March 4th, 2018, 2:07 pm

Thank you for Section 3, Linda! It is in the MW and ready for PL.

Philip

Wow, Barbara! H.G. Wells! Have any anecdotes?
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