An Infuriating American

Dec 10, 2014

A new book of essays by Hal Crowther examines H.L. Mencken, one of the most influential and controversial writers of the early 20th century.
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H.L. Mencken was a columnist, author and journalist regarded as one of the most influential American writers from the early 20th century.

His outrageous language, sense of humor and strong commentary on topics ranging from The Scopes Trial to the state of the American South established him as an outspoken and widely-read pundit. But while his career and opinions are often controversial, journalist and essayist Hal Crowther argues that it is important to critically examine Mencken’s work and lasting legacy, especially in light of the current state of American journalism. 

Host Frank Stasio talks to Crowther about his new book, An Infuriating American: The Incendiary Arts of H.L. Mencken (University of Iowa Press/2014). Crowther will be reading from his book at McIntyre's Books in Pittsboro this Saturday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m.