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A Book Of Burlesques

Auhtor: H Mencken

Language: english
Published: 1916

Genres:

humor
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Review by C. F. Hill, August 2006


Rating: (****)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'A Book Of Burlesques':

Henry Louis H. L. Mencken (September 12 1880 - January 29 1956) 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 is known for writing The American Language a multi-volume study of how the English language is spoken in the United States and for his satirical reporting on the Scopes trial which he named the Monkey trial. In addition to his literary accomplishments Mencken was known for his controversial ideas. An opponent of World War II and democracy Mencken wrote a huge number of articles about current events books music prominent politicians pseudo-intellectuals temperance and uplifters. He notably attacked ignorance intolerance frauds fundamentalist Christianity osteopathy and chiropractic.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Book Of Burlesques':


... PALLBEARER. Them are the things you never can tell anything about. SECOND PALLBEARER. Ain't it true. THIRD PALLBEARER. We're here to-day ...
... ninth proceed by the same chromatic semitones that one finds in the Chansons de Bilitis. But Kraus goes much further than Debussy, for the tones of his ...
... and pianola, the former tuned a quarter tone lower than the latter and played by three performers, leads directly into the quadruple theme of the ...
... The pews are of thick, yellow-brown oak, severe in pattern and hideous in color. In each there is a long, removable cushion of a dark, purplish, ...
... could immerse himself in bicarbonate of soda. But the call of his art is more potent than the protest of his poisoned and quaking liver, and so he manfully ...
... not be a girl. The thing, as yet, is a medical impossibility-but medicine is making rapid strides. Why not wait until the secret is discovered. This ...
... any gratitude. Not at all. Scarcely a day passes that I don't hear of some fresh soldiering. And, what is worse, they have stirred up some of my own ...
... the piano manufacturers are not afraid to advertise. If you knock them too hard you have a nasty business-office row on your hands. ONE OF THE MEN. If ...
... another man comes ambling along the terrace, apparently from the direction of the funicular railway station. He, too, carries a red book. It is Baedeker ...
... two in the party she gets half a mark a day, but no more than three marks in any one week. THE SECOND MAN. But suppose there are two chambermaids. ...
... each other out, and so they lounge upon the rail in silence and gaze out over the valley. Anon the gumchewer spits. By now the sun has reached the ...
... to temptation, and hence they are here, but I think that no one who has ever glimpsed their secret and inmost souls (as I have during our hours ...
... consecrated workers. I have never heard a more triumphant call to that Service which is the very heart's blood of righteousness. Who could listen to ...
... CLERGYMAN A BRIDE FOUR BRIDESMAIDS A BRIDEGROOM A BEST MAN THE USUAL CROWD. PLACE-The surgical amphitheatre in a hospital. TIME-Noon of a fair ...
... be thy wedded husband, to live together in the holy state of aseptic matrimony. Wilt thou love him, serve him, protect him from all adulterated victuals, ...
... BRIDE'S FATHER. THE CLERGYMAN. Sciatica. THE BRIDE'S FATHER. THE CLERGYMAN. Buzzing in the ears. THE BRIDE'S FATHER. THE ...
... mammal-but it failed to operate as the books describe. Being thus led to suspect a misplaced and wild-growing bone, perhaps from the vertebral column, ...
... foible-but to have dandruff is almost as bad as to have beri-beri. Hence the fact that the hair is in Class I, while the scalp is at the bottom of ...
... of man one wouldn't care to drink with, even if he drank. PSYCHOLOGIST. One who sticks pins into babies, and then makes a chart showing the ebb and ...
... he writes is quite right, perhaps, but this is readable and enjoyable.H Mencken : Mark Twain AmericanismHenry Louis H. L. Mencken (September ...