Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb | Critical Essay by H. L. Mencken

This literature criticism consists of approximately 6 pages of analysis & critique of Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb.
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SOURCE: "The Heir of Mark Twain," in Prejudices: First Series, Alfred A. Knopf, 1919, pp. 97-104.

In the following essay, Mencken finds Cobb's work "superficial and inconsequential. "

Nothing could be stranger than the current celebrity of Irvin S. Cobb, an author of whom almost as much is heard as if he were a new Thackeray or Molière. One is solemnly told by various extravagant partisans, some of them not otherwise insane, that he is at once the successor to Mark Twain and the heir of Edgar Allan Poe. One hears of public dinners given in devotion to his genius, of public presentations, of learned degrees conferred upon him by universities, of other extraordinary adulations, few of them shared by such relatively puny fellows as Howells and Dreiser. His talents and sagacity pass into popular anecdotes; he has sedulous Boswells; he begins to take...

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