Books: Mencken & Morals

TREATISE ON RIGHT & WRONG—H. L. Mencken—Knopf ($3). Not many years ago Henry Louis Mencken was the god of U. S. liberal undergraduates, his lightest obiter dicta the unquestioned orders of their day. With a new. generation his authority has waned until now he appears an old-fashioned orthodox heretic. The men-of-straw he buffeted to the yelling delight of his admirers have by this time had such a bludgeoning that they look more like scarecrows than opponents. But he still goes on pounding the stuffing out of bogeymen that once seemed giants. Treatise on...