H.L. Mencken





H.L. Mencken


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

Died
January 29, 1956

Genre

Influences


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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The Vintage Mencken

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The American Language

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The Philosophy of Friedrich...

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Notes on Democracy

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In Defense Of Women

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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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“I know some who are constantly drunk on books as other men are drunk on whiskey.”
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

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