Mencken, H.L.

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Birth 1880-09-12
Death 1956-01-29
Americans
English, French

Biographical notes:

Author and journalist.

From the description of Papers of Henry Louis Mencken [manuscript] 1935-56. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647952438

American journalist.

From the description of Letter, [1924?] Jan. 9, New York, to Perry Walton. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 184904324

Editor and satirist.

From the description of Papers of H. L. Mencken [manuscript] 1912-1949. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647976849

From the description of Papers of H. L. Mencken [manuscript] 1919-1948. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647976855

From the description of Papers of H.L. Mencken [manuscript] 1939. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647947442

American journalist and critic.

From the description of Letter, 1922 April 12, Baltimore, to Thomas J. Taylor, Taunton. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 316019785

Henry Louis "H. L." Mencken (September 12, 1880 - January 29, 1956), was an American journalist, essayist, magazine editor, satirist, acerbic critic of American life and culture, and a student of American English. Mencken, known as the "Sage of Baltimore", is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the 20th century.

From the description of Letters, 1911-1920 (Johns Hopkins University). WorldCat record id: 611020078

H.L. Mencken was a controversial American journalist in Baltimore, author, editor and influential social critic.

From the description of The Defeat of Alphonso : manuscripts, 1900-1930. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 83343037

Journalist, of Baltimore, Md.

From the description of Papers, 1901-1921. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 20019095

H. L. Mencken of Baltimore, Md., was a journalist, author, and critic.

From the description of H. L. Mencken papers, 1927-1970 [manuscript]. (Oceanside Free Library). WorldCat record id: 24774035

From the guide to the H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

Contains 19 items (24 leaves) from Van Wyck Brooks. Items from Brooks are photocopies.

From the description of Correspondence with Van Wyck Brooks, 1920-1942. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 182552708

H. L. Mencken was a controversial American journalist in Baltimore, author, editor and influential social critic during the first half of the twentieth century.

From the guide to the The defeat of Alphonso, 1900-1930., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Baltimore journalist, critic, and essayist, Mencken became literary editor of THE SMART SET in 1908, and co-edited it with George Jean Nathan from 1914 to 1923. They founded THE AMERICAN MERCURY in 1924, which Mencken continued to edit till 1933. He is best known for the "aggressive iconoclasm of his editorial policies in these magazines" (Oxford Companion to American Literature). He published many books, and his most important work of scholarship is THE AMERICAN LANGUAGE (1919, with later supplements).

From the description of H.L. Mencken collection, 1908-1955 (bulk 1924-1942). (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 79093677

Confident, opinionated, and inherently controversial, the complex figure of H.L. Mencken towers over American prose of the early 20th century. Iconoclastic, aggressive, and above all Libertarian, Mencken wrote magnificently about whatever interested him, directing, defining, and helping to create a new American literature. Journalist, critic, and social commentator, he remains the most frequently quoted American writer and our finest humorist since Twain, and his influence on the American psyche and persona is staggering.

From the description of H.L. Mencken letters, 1914 ca.-1946. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 50209293

Baltimore-based journalist and literary critic.

From the description of Inventories : of books, 1949-1957. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 63561691

American author and editor.

From the description of Typewritten letter signed "M" : to William Hard, [no year] Apr. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270640708

From the description of Typewritten letters signed (2) : Baltimore, to Mr. Oliver, 1934 Dec. 7 and 1937 Feb. 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270640712

American author.

From the description of Scrapbook of H.L. Mencken articles [manuscript], 1915-1956. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647833156

H. L. Mencken was a critical but humorous journalist, literary reviewer, and language expert. In 1899 he became a reporter for the Baltimore Morning Herald; beginning in 19006 and continuing throughout much of his life he worked at various intervals for The Baltimore Sun. He was co-editor of The Smart Set, and was co-founder of the American Mercury. Additional publications of his were Prejudices, The American Language, and an autobiographical trilogy.

From the description of H. L. Mencken collection, 1914-1968 / [compiled by Special Collections and University Archives staff]. (San Diego State University Library). WorldCat record id: 247520301

H.L. Mencken (1880-1956), author and editor, of Baltimore, Md.

From the description of H.L. Mencken correspondence, 1926-1937. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 173863349

H. L. (Henry Louis) Mencken (1880-1956), American literary and social critic, journalist, editor, and author.

From the description of Mencken, H.L., letters, circa 1919-1946. (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 301945110

American journalist, critic, and essayist.

From the description of Typed letter signed : New York, to Edward Wagenknecht, 1924 June 23. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270868163

George Washington Corner worked as an anatomist, endocrinologist, and medical historian.

From the guide to the George Washington Corner papers, 1889-1981, 1903-1982, (American Philosophical Society)

H.L. Mencken (1880-1956), journalist, author and critic, worked as a reporter and drama critic for the Baltimore Morning Herald from 1899 to 1906. From 1906 to the end of his working career he was at the Baltimore Evening Sun where he wrote the column "Free Lance" in which he expressed his views on literature, politics and society. He was book review editor for the magazine Smart Set from 1908 to 1924 when he started a new magazine, American Mercury, a journal of sociology and politics. He retired from American Mercury in 1933 and concentrated on writing for the Baltimore Sun and encouraging young literary talent. He also wrote books and articles including his classic, The American Language, which he first published in 1918 and continued revising until 1948.

From the description of H.L. Mencken papers, 1905-1956. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 144652295

From the guide to the H.L. Mencken papers, 1905-1956, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

American critic and editor.

From the description of Henry Louis Mencken letters, 1926-1935. (Louisiana State University). WorldCat record id: 255978599

Editor and satirest.

From the description of Letter, Baltimore, to Franz? Blei [manuscript] 1923 Aug. 21. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647947462

Author and editor.

From the description of H. L. Mencken papers, 1917-1941. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70981728

Author and editor, of Baltimore, Md.

From the description of Correspondence, 1926-1937. (Emory University). WorldCat record id: 28418484

H. L. (Henry Louis) Mencken (1880-1956), American literary and social critic, journalist, editor, and author. Born in Baltimore, Mencken began his journalistic career in 1899 at the Baltimore Morning Herald. In 1906, he became an editor and columnist at the Baltimore Sun, and continued writing regularly for the newspaper until World War II. Mencken also co-edited the magazine Smart Set with George Jean Nathan from 1914 to 1923. They then founded another magazine, the American Mercury. Mencken was also an independent writer, best known for The American Language (1919), a guide to American idioms and expressions. He also wrote an autobiographical trilogy in the early 1940s, Happy Days (1940), Newspaper Days (1941), and Heathen Days (1943). Mencken died in his home in Baltimore in 1956.

Biographical note prepared from information found in the Biographical Dictionary of American Newspaper Columnists and World Authors, 1900-1950 .

From the guide to the H. L. Mencken Letters 2009-003., circa 1919-1946, (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

American journalist, essayist, editor and critic.

Born in 1880, the son of a cigar factory owner of German extraction, Henry Louis Mencken lived his whole life in Baltimore, Maryland. Instead of attending college, Mencken became a reporter for the Baltimore Morning Herald in 1899, and then moved to the Baltimore Sun in 1906, where he continued to contribute until he stopped writing following a stroke in 1948. He was literary critic for the magazine The Smart Set, and from 1924 to 1933 he was editor of the American Mercury. Mencken wrote editorials and opinion pieces, literary criticism, short stories, a novel, but is best remembered for The American Language, a study of how the English language is spoken in the United States, and for his satirical reporting on the Scopes trial. Individualistic, contentious, even pugnacious, Mencken was outspoken in his contempt for many aspects of American society. As a nationally syndicated columnist and book editor, he had a strong influence on the literate and articulate young writers of the 1910s and early 1920s. Mencken married Sara Haardt in 1930; they had no children. He died in 1956.

From the description of H.L. (Henry Louis) Mencken letters, 1938-1955. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 607909361

Biographical Note

H. L. Mencken was a critical but humorous journalist, literary reviewer, and language expert. In 1899 he became a reporter for the Baltimore Morning Herald; beginning in 19006 and continuing throughout much of his life he worked at various intervals for The Baltimore Sun. He was co-editor of The Smart Set, and was co-founder of the American Mercury. Additional publications of his were Prejudices, The American Language, and an autobiographical trilogy.

From the guide to the H. L. Mencken Collection, 1914-1968, (Special Collections & University Archives: Finding Aid Database)

Henry L. Mencken was a controversialist, humorous journalist, and pungent critic of American life who powerfully influenced U.S. fiction through the 1920s.

Ned Lee was the publisher of Catoosa County News.

From the description of Henry L. Mencken letters, 1933. (University of Georgia). WorldCat record id: 276428819

Writer.

Born in Baltimore in 1880, Mencken became one of the nation's leading journalists and literary critics. He began his career as a newspaperman in Baltimore. Subsequently he became editor of the Smart Set and then editor of The American Mercury. He also wrote many books, including the notable study, The American Language. Mencken died in 1956 in Baltimore.

From the description of Letters, 1927-1956. (Loyola University). WorldCat record id: 28461704

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