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A Book of Prefaces

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  1. H. L. Mencken's 1917 collection of essays criticizing American culture, authors, and movements

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  2. Response to Mencken's book was generally poor, but certain defenders of American culture were particularly outspoken in their criticism of the book - most notably Stuart Sherman, a professor at the University of Illinois (Sherman was personally attac

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  3. Mencken describing this work as "[My] most important book in its effects upon my professional career." In fact, the book was considered vitriolic enough that Mencken's close friend Alfred Knopf was concerned about publishing it because of the massive

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  4. The book was short, a brief eighty pages divided into four essays

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  5. The four subjects included Theodore Dreiser, Joseph Conrad and James Gibbons Huneker

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  6. But perhaps the most important, and certainly the most outspoken essay was entitled "Puritanism as a Literary Force," during which he alleged that William Dean Howells, Henry James, and Mark Twain were victims of the Puritan spirit

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