New York. Alfred A. Knopf. 1933.
10 (ONLY) ISSUES FOR 1933, January to December, MISSING April and June. Each10 x 7 inches in decorative green paper wrappers. Covers have condition issues including damage to spine, overall light soiling and wear and tear with rubbing to extremities, some paper loss; interiors generally in good to very good condition with occasional light foxing, a couple of advertising pages have been cut; articles complete. Fascinating insight into another turbulent period in US history. Articles include: "The Man Roosevelt," "Golf is a Poor Man's Game," lengthy article "Paradise" on "what Southern California is Really Like," by James Cain, "Cadet Edgar Allan Poe, U.S.A." by Carlisle Allan, "It was Like This" by Stanley Walker (Prohibition), Jack Dempsey" by Jim Tully, "Cora Unashamed" and "Poor Little Black Fellow" by Langston Hughes and much more of interest in all areas of American life. "The American Mercury was the voice of the skepticism and iconoclasm which in the twenties replaced the rebellious idealism and optimism of the days before the war...it debunked the idols and ridiculed the mores of middle-class America." (Peterson, Magazines in the Twentieth Century). It was founded by H. L. Mencken, who was editor until 1933, and George Jean Nathan, co-editor for just one year but who wrote for it frequently, with publisher Alfred A. Knopf. Literary criticism was provided by Mencken with Nathan writing the theatre reviews. Item #56151