Damn!

A Book of Calumny

Cover image for

Download


Author: H.L. Mencken
Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 18,889 / 62 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,906
Added to site: 2006.08.01
mnybks.net#: 14501
Genre: Humor
Excerpt

a beyond the Italian drama. There are single chapters in the Old Testament that are worth all the poetry ever written in the New World and nine-tenths of that written in the Old. The Jews of those ancient days had imagination, they had dignity, they had ears for sweet sound, they had, above all, the faculty of grandeur. The stupendous music that issued from them has swept their barbaric demonology along with it, setting at naught the collective intelligence of the human species; they embalmed their idiotic taboos and fetishes in undying strains, and so gave them some measure of the same immortality. A race of lawgivers? Bosh! Leviticus is as archaic as the Code of Manu, and the Decalogue is a fossil. A race of seers? Bosh again! The God they saw survives only as a bogey-man, a theory, an uneasy and vexatious ghost. A race of traders and sharpers? Bosh a third time! The Jews are as poor as the Spaniards. But a race of poets, my lords, a race of poets! It is a vision of beauty that has ever haunted them. And it

Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 2 reviews: ***
2014.11.03
Lisa Carr
***..

Forty-seven brief essays (some of them only a paragraph long) about whatever gripes--usually hypocrisy--struck Mencken as ironic or ridiculous. Art, morality, music, religion, actor's egos, pessimism, temperance, and many more topics are satirized for audiences too dull to have his keen perception.
They get tedious after a while, you may want to absorb his wisdom a bit at a time, rather than at one sitting.

2007.04.03
Lanc Godwin
***..

H. L. Mencken is one of those rare entities, A griping, opinioated curmudgeon whose ideas are still fresh today. In Damn! A book of calumny he raves on topics ranging from religion to popular culture, from science to race .He namedrops and idolizes figures in history from Moses to Cotton Mather.At times Mecnken can incite humor, horror and rage in the reader. If you don't mind having your feathers ruffled and your mind expanded, this is a good read.


SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for Damn! by H.L. Mencken - Free eBook

Valkyrie's Vengeance

Loki's Wolves Book 0
Melissa Snark

Fans of paranormal and urban fantasy will enjoy... Read more

Cover image for Damn! by H.L. Mencken - Free eBook

Helga: Out of Hedgelands

Wood Cow Chronicles Book 1
Rick Johnson

VOLUME ONE in the WOOD COW CHRONICLES series. <... Read more

Cover image for Damn! by H.L. Mencken - Free eBook

The Titan Drowns: Time Travel Romance

New Atlantis Time Travel Romance Book 6
Nhys Glover

2013 SFR GALAXY AWARD WINNER

"Heroism and... Read more

Cover image for Damn! by H.L. Mencken - Free eBook

Chausiku

Nightmare of the Clans Book One
Pamela E. Cash

There are six secret clans across the world–Afr... Read more

Cover image for Damn! by H.L. Mencken - Free eBook

Mademoiselle At Arms

A Georgian Romance
Elizabeth Bailey

Set in the late Georgian era, Elizabeth Bailey’... Read more

Cover image for Damn! by H.L. Mencken - Free eBook

The Tales of Tim Hurtletuta - New Beginnings

Tales of Tim Hurtletuta Series, Book 1
Matthew James Wilkins

"Tim Hurtletuta has forgotten something. He can... Read more

Cover image for Damn! by H.L. Mencken - Free eBook

After the Cure

Deirdre Gould

Eight years ago the December Plague swept throu... Read more

Cover image for Damn! by H.L. Mencken - Free eBook

The Unveiling

Book One (Age of Faith 1)
Tamara Leigh

12th century England: Two men vie for the thron... Read more

Cover image for Damn! by H.L. Mencken - Free eBook

Healing Her Heart

Crystal Lake Series Book 1
Laura Scott

Dr. Gabe Allen has a rule about dating colleagues... Read more

Cover image for Damn! by H.L. Mencken - Free eBook

Never A Choice

The Choices Trilogy #1
Dee Palmer

Bethany Thorne has secrets and she’s told a few... Read more

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

Annie's 1st Break
by Willee Amsden
Petite Confessions
by Vicki Lesage
Three Men in a Boat
by Jerome K. Jerome
The Reign of Greed
by Jose Rizal
The $30,000 Bequest
by Mark Twain
A Great Emergency and Other Tales
by Juliana Horatia Ewing
The Autobiography of Methuselah
by John Kendrick Bangs
A Rogue's Life
by Wilkie Collins
Eve's Diary
by Mark Twain

See more popular titles from this genre.