Books: Mencken's Huneker

ESSAYS—James G. Huneker; Introduction by H. L. Mencken—Scribner's ($3-50).

On Feb. 9, 1921, died James Gibbons Huneker. Prohibition, as Editor Henry Louis Mencken not irrelevantly announces in the introduction, "was one year and twenty-one days old."

Critic Huneker's day was already dead. The shades of Europe's mauve decade had become old-fashioned memories; Huneker's men of the hour were but ghosts. It is significant that not a single subject of these selected essays was a U. S. citizen. "Essentially and inescapably civilized" is what Editor Mencken calls Critic Huneker, by way...

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