Christmas Countdown in Princeton                                                                                                                               December 6th

H. L. Mencken's A Christmas Story at  Labyrinth Book store in Princeton, NJ

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, illustrations 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 Christmas Carol.
You can buy this vintage copy from the window display at Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street.


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