A Religious Orgy in Tennessee A Reporter's Account of the Scopes Monkey Trial [ epub PDF ] author H.L. Mencken


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  • A Religious Orgy in Tennessee A Reporter's Account of the Scopes Monkey Trial
  • H.L. Mencken
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  • 15 September 2018
  • 9781933633176

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review A Religious Orgy in Tennessee A Reporter's Account of the Scopes Monkey Trial ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub The native American Voltaire the enemy of all puritans the heretic in the Sunday school the one man demolition crew of the genteel tradition Alistair Cooke on HL MenckenFiercely intelligent scathingly honest and hysterically funny HL Mencken’s coverage of the Scopes Monkey Trial so galvanized the nation that it eventually inspired a Broadway play and the classic Hollywood movie Inherit the WindMencken’s no nonsense sensibility is still exciting his perceptive rendering of the courtroom. A Religious Orgy in Tennessee is a minefield surrounded by a barbed wire fence in the middle of a volcano on the outskirts of another minefieldThere are only a handfull of writers whose style I would actively attempt to plagiarise if I were not a better person Henry Louis Mencken is near the top Mencken really did not like Bryan in any way his relationship to the old fundy is very similar to that between Hunter Thompson and Dick Nixon Most of the reportage herein is confined to vitriolic attacks on the character of Bryan and the infamous obituary near the end of the book is probably the cruellest last things to say to a dead man I ve ever heard or seen There is much hatred written throughout regional personal and religious but Mencken never misses a chance to make his language singIf you want to learn about the Scopes Trial read another book if you want to read a book that is ostensibly about the Scopes Trial but is in fact a manifesto against the psychological evils of fundamentalism ignorance and William Jennings Bryan then settle inHere in his reportage from Dayton in the steamy summer of 25 his shirt sleeves rolled past the elbow chewing a fat cigar and lampooning whatever he sees as dangerously backward Mencken epitomizes the nobly lacerating journalist whose persona he pretty much created There is very little here about the actual trial instead he unearths the Daytonians superstitions This actually enhances the relevancy of the trial as few histories could do What Mencken decsribes and decries is a return to a science less pre history where a majority of Bryanites rules the campuses and the government It s a scary thought thankfully we ve come a bit further but not too far

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review A Religious Orgy in Tennessee A Reporter's Account of the Scopes Monkey Trial ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub S coverage of Bryan’s death just days after the trial an obituary so withering Mencken was forced by his editors to rewrite it angering him and leading him to rewrite it yet again in a third version even less forgiving than the first All three versions are included as is a complete transcript of the trial’s most legendary exchange Darrow’s blistering cross examination of BryanWith the rise of “intelligent design” HL Mencken’s work has never seemed unnervingly timely or timeless. Includes all the articles HL Mencken wrote during the Scopes Monkey Trial the basis for the play and movie Inherit the Wind At the end of the book there s a transcript of Darrow s entire cross examination of William Jennings Bryant It s amazing to read though not as intense as I expected It s amazing that the Creationism debate is still going on

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review A Religious Orgy in Tennessee A Reporter's Account of the Scopes Monkey Trial ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Drama; his piercing portrayals of key figures Scopes Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan; his ferocious take on the fundamentalist culture surrounding it all including a raucous midnight trip into the woods to witness a secret “holy roller” serviceShockingly these reports have never been gathered together into a book of their own until now A Religious Orgy In Tennessee includes all of Mencken’s reports for T he Balti Sun The Nation and The American Mercury It even includes hi. In his day Mencken was the euivalent of Jon Stewart except with bite and a larger vocabulary This collection of his reports of the trial and Bryan s obituary 3 versions are as fresh and relevant today as when they were written His wit and ferocity are not at all diminishedTip Don t attempt to start highlighting especially meaningful and witty passages in this book you will wind up highlighting the entire thing Trust me on this I know from experience