Mencken’s Chrestomathy.

Twice in S1E3, a book is mentioned that Rory and Richard had discussed at their golf outing. When Rory tells Lorelai the title of the book, Lorelai says, “Ohhhh, that one.” Later, Richard tells Rory, “I have a surprise. Not only did I find that copy of Mencken’s ‘Chrestomathy’ we discussed, I also found a first edition of his memoirs, as well.” Rory is excited, Emily is excited, and Lorelai is annoyed.

H. L. Mencken was an American reporter and author. Known for his satire and social commentary, he was antisemitic, anti-democracy, and anti-religion. “A Mencken Chrestomathy,” the book Richard and Rory discuss, is a 1949 collection that Mencken put together of his own writings.

The “first edition of his memoirs” that Richard mentions could be a set of all 3 of Mencken’s autobiographical books. “Happy Days” was the first book, describing Mencken’s childhood, followed by “Newspaper Days” and “Heathen Days.”


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