FRANCIS hackett. . . Chicago's Opportunity

June 1956
New Republic;6/25/56, Vol. 134 Issue 26, p21
The article presents a comment on writing of the famous U.S. writer Henry Louis Mencken. Writing in these columns, in 1920, Mencken went out of his way to commit himself, by saying that Chicago, Illinois "lying out there where the prairie runs down to the Great Lakes," was the literary capital of the U.S. Mencken was buoyant in those days. Mencken deliberately countered demagogues with demagoguery, playing his cards less with relation to their intrinsic value than to their usefulness in the game and reckoning on the future as his confederate.


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