Books: Mencken Redivivus

H. L MENCKEN: A PORTRAIT FROM MEMORY (240 pp.)—Charles Angoff—Thomas Yoseloff ($3.95).

During Prohibition, the red-letter days at the American Mercury were the ones on which the bootlegger's man in the Brooks Brothers suit delivered the booze. Editor Mencken "stopped whatever work he was doing, carefully unwrapped each bottle, put it to his cheek, and smacked his lips . . . Mencken's eyes bulged and glistened, his cheeks flushed, and he would gabble and gabble, spitting tobacco juice all the while into the large brass spittoon at the side of his desk.

" 'Angoff,...

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