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With a style that combined biting sarcasm with the "language of the free lunch counter," Henry Louis Mencken shook politics and politicians for nearly half a century. Now, fifty years after Mencken's death, the Johns Hopkins University Press announces The Buncombe Collection, newly packaged editions of nine Mencken classics: Happy Days, Heathen Days, Newspaper Days, Prejudices, Treatise on the Gods, On Politics, Thirty-Five Years of Newspaper Work, Minority Report, and A Second Mencken Chrestomathy.Controversial even before it was published in 1930, Treatise on the Gods collects Mencken's scathing commentary on religion.
Henry Louis Mencken was born in Baltimore in 1880 and remained a lifelong resident.Opinionated and controversial, his columns for the Baltimore Evening Sun earned him a national reputation. He died in 1956.