A Religious Orgy in Tennessee: A Reporter's Account of the Scopes Monkey Trial [Secure eReader]
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eBook by H.L. Mencken
eBook Category: History
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"The native American Voltaire, the enemy of all puritans, the heretic in the Sunday school, the one-man demolition crew of the genteel tradition." -Alistair Cooke on H.L. Mencken
Fiercely intelligent, scathingly honest, and hysterically funny, H.L. Mencken�s coverage of the Scopes Monkey Trial so galvanized the nation that it eventually inspired a Broadway play and the classic Hollywood movie Inherit the Wind.
Mencken�s no-nonsense sensibility is still exciting: his perceptive rendering of the courtroom drama; his piercing portrayals of key figures Scopes, Clarence Darrow, and William Jennings Bryan; his ferocious take on the fundamentalist culture surrounding it all�including a raucous midnight trip into the woods to witness a secret �holy roller� service.
Shockingly, these reports have never been gathered together into a book of their own�until now.
A Religious Orgy In Tennessee includes all of Mencken�s reports for The Baltimore Sun, The Nation, and The American Mercury. It even includes his coverage of Bryan�s death just days after the trial�an obituary so withering Mencken was forced by his editors to rewrite it, angering him and leading him to rewrite it yet again in a third version even less forgiving than the first. All three versions are included, as is a complete transcript of the trial�s most legendary exchange: Darrow�s blistering cross-examination of Bryan.
With the rise of �intelligent design,� H.L. Mencken�s work has never seemed more unnervingly timely�or timeless.
eBook Publisher: Random House, Inc./Melville House
Fictionwise Release Date: February 2011