H.L. Mencken





H.L. Mencken

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born
in Baltimore, Maryland, The United States
September 12, 1880

died
January 29, 1956

gender
male

genre

influences


About this author

Henry Louis "H.L." Mencken became one of the most influential and prolific journalists in America in the 1920s and '30s, writing about all the shams and con artists in the world. He attacked chiropractors and the Ku Klux Klan, politicians and other journalists. Most of all, he attacked Puritan morality. He called Puritanism, "the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy."
At the height of his career, he edited and wrote for The American Mercury magazine and the Baltimore Sun newspaper, wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column for the Chicago Tribune, and published two or three books every year. His masterpiece was one of the few books he wrote about something he loved, a book called The American Language (1919), a history an
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Average rating: 3.98 · 24,918 ratings · 1,190 reviews · 131 distinct works · Similar authors
A Mencken Chrestomathy
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 923 ratings — published 1949 — 6 editions
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The Vintage Mencken
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American Language
4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 275 ratings — published 1919 — 21 editions
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In Defense Of Women
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Notes on Democracy
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The Philosophy of Friedrich...
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A Religious Orgy in Tenness...
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H.L. Mencken on Religion
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Treatise on the Gods
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Damn! (a Book of Calumny)
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More books by H.L. Mencken…
“The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.”
H.L. Mencken

“Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.”
H.L. Mencken, Prejudices: First Series

“An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.”
H.L. Mencken, A Book of Burlesques

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