The Vintage Mencken Character Descriptions

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H. L. Mencken - This person is the elitist, combative, opinionated author of the articles in the book.

Common Folk - Mencken characterizes these people as low-born half-wits without the ability to govern themselves.

Aristocracy - In direct contrast to the lower class, members of this class of people are noble, wise, courageous, intellectual, and appreciative of the arts, according to Mencken.

Charlie - This person was a beat cop during Mencken's formative years as a junior reporter.

Gene the Magistrate - This person was a judge admired for his unusual approach to justice, such as threatening an old man with hanging or a beating for harming his wife.

Theodore Dreiser - According to Mencken, this author's prose is boring and prosaic, but he does merge realism and romanticism seamlessly.

Menocal - This person is the president of Cuba in the early 1900s, whom Mencken meets while...

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