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A Religious Orgy in Tennessee: A Reporter's Account of the by H.L. Mencken,Art Winslow

By H.L. Mencken,Art Winslow

"The local American Voltaire, the enemy of all puritans, the heretic within the Sunday institution, the one-man demolition staff of the genteel tradition."
—Alistair Cooke
 
Fiercely clever, scathingly sincere, and hysterically humorous, H.L. Mencken’s insurance of the Scopes Monkey Trial so galvanized the country that it will definitely encouraged a Broadway play and the vintage Hollywood motion picture Inherit the Wind.
 
Mencken’s no-nonsense sensibility continues to be fascinating: his perceptive rendering of the court docket drama; his piercing portrayals of key figures Scopes, Clarence Darrow, and William Jennings Bryan; his ferocious tackle the fundamentalist tradition surrounding it all—including a raucous hour of darkness journey into the woods to witness a mystery “holy curler” service.
 
Shockingly, those experiences have by no means been collected jointly right into a ebook in their own—until now.
 
A non secular Orgy In Tennessee includes all of Mencken’s studies for The Baltimore solar, The Nation, and The American Mercury. It even contains his insurance of Bryan’s demise simply days after the trial—an obituary so withering Mencken used to be compelled through his editors to rewrite it, angering him and prime him to rewrite it over again in a 3rd model even much less forgiving than the 1st. All 3 models are incorporated, as is an entire transcript of the trial’s so much mythical trade: Darrow’s blistering cross-examination of Bryan.
 
With the increase of “intelligent design,” H.L. Mencken’s paintings hasn't ever appeared extra unnervingly timely—or timeless.

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