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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - H. L. Mencken
Mencken is known for writing The American Language, a multi-volume study of how the English language is spoken in the United States, and for his satirical reporting on the Scopes trial, which he named the "Monkey" trial. In addition to his literary accomplishments, Mencken was known for his controversial ideas. An opponent of World War II and democracy, Mencken wrote a huge number of articles about current events, books, music, prominent politicians, pseudo-intellectuals, temperance and uplifters. He notably attacked ignorance, intolerance, frauds, fundamentalist Christianity, osteopathy, and chiropractic. - Source: Wikipedia
The story of Will Rogers has been told before, by Ben Yagoda in a 1993 biography. Rogers, the son of a former slaveholder and Confederate veteran, one-quarter Cherokee with no more than a 10th-grade education, began his career wandering the world before becoming the headliner of the Ziegfeld Follies and columnist for the New York Times. But as Richard D. White Jr. argues in this fine book, Rogers was closer to political power than the average journalist.
''There are five kinds of actresses," wrote Mark Twain. "Bad actresses, fair actresses, good actresses, great actresses - and then there is Sarah Bernhardt." Among those who agreed were Sigmund Freud, D.H. Lawrence, Willa Cather, Lytton Stratchey. Her romances were famous; lovers included Napolean III, Edward the Prince of Wales and Victor Hugo.