Mencken, H. L. Prejudices: A Selection. N.Y.: Vintage Books, 1955. [H,R]
[On Ring Lardner:} "The professors of his own day, of course, are quite unaware of him, save perhaps as a low zany to be enjoyed behind the door. They would no more venture to whoop him up publicly and officially than their predecessors of 1880 would have ventured to whoop up Mark Twain, or their remoter predecessors of 1837 would have dared to say anything for Haliburton. In such matters the academic mind, being chiefly animated by a fear of sneers, works very slowly." (197)
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1863, Oil on canvas, Musee d'Orsay, Paris
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