Henry Louis "H.L." Mencken (1888 - 1956) was born in
Baltimore. He is celebrated as one of the most influential
critics, essayists and journalists of the 20th century. Known for
his biting satire and an assertion that truth comes not in black
and white but in shades of gray, he railed against puritanical morality
calling it "the haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy."
Despite his acerbic tongue, Mencken believed in forgiveness and in
cutting one another a break, although he often approached his
convictions through the device of sarcasm.
A Christmas Story by H.L. Mencken,
by Bill Crawford, was published in 1946. It is an uncharacteristically
sweet read set in The Bowery, a small neighborhood in the southern
portion of Manhattan. Many modern critics wonder why this
short book isn't better known and claim it should sit on your shelf
right next to Charles Dickens' A
You can buy this vintage copy from the window display
at Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street.