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MenckenThe American Iconoclast$
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Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195072389

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072389.001.0001

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(p.371) 34 HARD TIMES

Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

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The situation of The American Mercury did not improve during the Depression, and brought Alfred Knopf; his father, Samuel; and Mencken at a crossroads. Samuel Knopf wanted Mencken to expand the magazine along his own editorial lines; Mencken balked. A new generation of college students derided him; critics said that Mencken's columns aroused as much controversy as the weatherman. At this juncture, George Jean Nathan wrote his memoirs, Friends of Mine, and his disloyalty put an end to their troubled friendship.

Keywords:   The American Mercury, Depression, Samuel Knopf, George Jean Nathan, Samuel Mencken

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