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April 5, 2013

Mencken, the Prostitute & the Police

H. L. Mencken   (1880 - 1956)

H. L. Mencken
(1880 – 1956)

On this day in 1926, H. L. Mencken was arrested in Boston for selling indecent literature. The literature in question was the short story “Hatrack,” by Herbert Asbury, titled after its prostitute-heroine; this was published in Mencken’s American Mercury, as part of his longstanding war against Puritanism (i.e. “The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy”).

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