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Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis) 1880-1956

Works: 2,357 works in 5,770 publications in 6 languages and 126,653 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Romance fiction  Legal stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Legal fiction (Literature)  Periodicals  Biographies  Essays  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Honoree, Librettist, Other, Composer, Correspondent, Performer, Former owner, Compiler, Recipient, Contributor
Classifications: PS3525.E43, 818.5209
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Most widely held works by H. L Mencken
The American language : an inquiry into the development of English in the United States by H. L Mencken( Book )

376 editions published between 1919 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 5,623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The classic work on the evolution of American English from British English, American Pronunciation, spelling, proper names, and slang
In defense of women by H. L Mencken( )

141 editions published between 1913 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 3,879 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mencken's argument for the superiority of women
The philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche by H. L Mencken( )

60 editions published between 1908 and 2018 in English and held by 2,207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revision of original edition published: Boston : Luce, 1908. Includes bibliographical references and index
A Mencken chrestomathy by H. L Mencken( Book )

44 editions published between 1949 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The famous American journalist's selections from his writings reflect his witty interpretations of humanity, government, and a variety of other topics
The American scene : a reader by H. L Mencken( Book )

31 editions published between 1965 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new dictionary of quotations on historical principles from ancient and modern sources by H. L Mencken( Book )

39 editions published between 1942 and 2001 in English and held by 1,488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is based upon a collection of quotations begun in 1918 or thereabout for my own use. Its purpose was to keep track of sayings that, for one reason or another, interested me and seemed worth remembering, but that, also for one reason or another, were not in the existing quotation-books. The collection grew steadily, helped by the contributions of friends who knew of it, and there arose inevitably the notion that it might be worth printing."--Preface written by H.L. Mencken
Treatise on the gods by H. L Mencken( Book )

64 editions published between 1930 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Layman's theories on religion - its evolution, its varieties, its state in the modern world
A book of prefaces by H. L Mencken( Book )

79 editions published between 1917 and 2013 in English and held by 1,387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joseph Conrad.--Theodore Dreiser.--James Huneker.--Puritanism as a literary force
An American tragedy by Theodore Dreiser( Book )

23 editions published between 1926 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This novel tracks the process by which an ordinary young man is capable of committing a ruthless murder, and the further process by which social and political forces come into play after his arrest. In Clyde Griffiths, the impoverished, restless offspring of a family of street preachers, we see a portrait of a man whose circumstances and dreams of self-betterment conspire to pull him toward an act of unforgivable violence
Eleven plays of Henrik Ibsen by Henrik Ibsen( Book )

8 editions published between 1935 and 1960 in English and held by 1,321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

TOC: A doll's house -- Ghosts -- An enemy of the people -- The master builder -- Pillars of society -- Hedda Gabler -- John Gabriel Borkman -- The wild duck -- The league of youth -- Rosmersholm -- Peer Gynt
Minority report: H.L. Mencken's notebooks by H. L Mencken( Book )

27 editions published between 1956 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the fall of 1948 H.L. Mencken, then at the top of his unmatchable form (he had spoken at a meeting of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia only a little while before), suffered a stroke. He soon recovered his physical vigor, but writing was for him a thing of the past. Some months before his death, in going through some papers that he was putting in order for deposit in his beloved Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, his long-time secretary discovered these Notebooks. Mencken meant to publish them, as he makes clear in the preface, which also describes them better than I can. Suffice it to say that here is one more generous sampling of the old Mencken battling fearlessly for the freedom and dignity of the individual and for the general decencies of life and attacking all that seems fundamentally hostile to man: government, organized religion, professional philosophers, and pedagogues above all. It shows his restless and inquiring mind ranging over many of the problems that beset all of us who ever take time out to think, all in his unmatchable style, which, however much it crackles, has the supreme virtue'which Henry always found in his own great model, Thomas Henry Huxley'that of never leaving you in doubt of its meaning. Read the preface and note that this book is precisely what its title suggests; it consists of hundreds of notes'some only a few lines in length, some running to several pages, all reflecting a rigorous and exhilarating mind and personality. It may be a long time before another like him crosses our path
Prejudices : first series by H. L Mencken( Book )

47 editions published between 1910 and 2012 in English and held by 1,089 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A carnival of buncombe by H. L Mencken( Book )

26 editions published between 1956 and 2003 in English and held by 1,072 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Vintage Mencken by H. L Mencken( Book )

29 editions published between 1955 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,068 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of the best of H.L. Mencken's writings, one that seeks to reacquaint older readers with his work and to introduce younger readers for the first time to one of the master craftsmen of daily journalism in the 20th century
Mencken's America by H. L Mencken( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 967 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mencken was prolific; much of his best work lies buried in the newspapers and magazines in which it originally appeared. Mencken's America is a sampling of uncollected work, arranged to present the wide-ranging treatise on American culture that Mencken himself never wrote." "The core of the book is a series of six articles on "The American" published in the Smart Set in 1913 and 1914. Never before reprinted, they embody the essence of Mencken's views on the deficiencies of his countrymen."--Jacket
George Bernard Shaw : his plays by H. L Mencken( Book )

42 editions published between 1905 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 962 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this 1905 short work of criticism, one great satirical mind pays tribute to another. In addition to lively synopses and appreciations of Mrs. Warren's Profession, Arms and the Man, The Devil's Disciple, Man and Superman, Caesar and Cleopatra, and others, Mencken offers an epilogue on Shaw and Shakespeare
The American mercury( )

in English and held by 928 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Notes on democracy by H. L Mencken( Book )

48 editions published between 1926 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

NOTES ON DEMOCRACY by H.L. MENCKEN JONATHAN. Contents include: I DEMOCRATIC MAN 1 HIS APPEARANCE IN THE WORLD 9 2 VARIETIES OF HOMO SAPIENS 15 3 THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY 21 POLITICS UNDER DEMOCRACY 29 5 THE ROLE OF THE HORMONES 35 6 ENVY AS A PHILOSOPHY 42 Jx LIBERTY AND DEMOCRATIC MAN 51 THE EFFECTS UPON PROGRESS 58 9 THE ETERNAL MOB 7 2 II THE DEMOCRATIC STATE 1 THE TWO KINDS OF DEMOCRACY 79 2 THE POPULAR WILL 85 3 DISPROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION 97 4 THE POLITICIAN UNDER DEMOCRACY 1 07 5 UTOPIA 115 6 THE OCCASIONAL EXCEPTION 124 7 THE MAKER OF LAWS 131 8 THE REWARDS OF VIRTUE 139 9 FOOTNOTE ON LAME DUCKS 148 5 CONTENTS PAGE III DEMOCRACY AND LIBERTY 1 THE WILL TO PEACE 157 2 THE DEMOCRAT AS MORALIST 1 62 3 WHERE PURITANISM FAILS 1 77 4 CORRUPTION UNDER DEMOCRACY 187 IV CODA 1 THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY 2O7 2 LAST WORDS 2l8. DEMOCRATIC MAN: HIS APPEARANCE IN THE WORLD. DEMOCRACY came into the Western World to the tune of sweet, soft music. There was, at the start, no harsh bawling from below there was only a dulcet twittering from above. Democratic man thus began as an ideal being, full of ineffable virtues and romantic wrongs in brief, as Rous seaus noble savage in smock and jerkin, brought out of the tropical wilds to shame the lords and masters of the civilized lands. The fact continues to have important consequences to this day. It remains impossible, as it was in the eighteenth century, to separate the democratic idea from the theory that there is a mystical merit, an esoteric and ineradicable rectitude, in the man at the bottom of the scale - that inferiority, by some strange magic, becomes a sort of superiority - nay, the superiority of superiorities. Everywhere on earth, save where the enlightenment of the modern age is confessedly in transient eclipse, the move ment is toward the completer and more enamoured enfranchisement of the lower orders. Down there, one hears, lies a deep, illimitable reservoir of righteousness and wisdom, unpolluted by the corruption of privilege. What baffles statesmen is to be solved by the people, instantly and by a sort of seraphic intuition. Their yearnings are pure they alone are capable of a perfect patriot ism in them is the only hope of peace and happi ness on this lugubrious ball. The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy This notion, as I hint, originated in the poetic fancy of gentlemen on the upper levels - senti mentalists who, observing to their distress that the ass was over-laden, proposed to reform trans port by putting him into the cart. A stale Chris tian bilge ran through their veins, though many of them, as it happened, toyed with what is now called Modernism. They were the direct ancestors of the more saccharine Liberals of to-day, who yet mouth their tattered phrases and dream their pre posterous dreams. I can find no record that these phrases, in the beginning, made much impression upon the actual objects of their rhetoric. Early democratic man seems to have given little thought to the democratic ideal, and less veneration. What he wanted was something concrete and highly materialistic - more to eat, less work, higher wages, lower taxes. He had no apparent belief in the acroamatic virtue of his own class, and certainly none in its capacity to rule. His aim was not to exterminate the baron, but simply to bring the baron back to a proper discharge of baronial busi ness. When, by the wild shooting that naturally accompanies all mob movements, the former end was accidentally accomplished, and men out of the mob began to take on baronial airs, the mob itself quickly showed its opinion of them by butchering them deliberately and in earnest. Once the pikes were out, indeed, it was a great deal more dangerous to be a tribune of the people than to be an ornament of the old order
On Mencken : essays( Book )

5 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prejudices : second series by H. L Mencken( Book )

34 editions published between 1920 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 860 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the second part of an ongoing collection of American author H.L. Mencken's satires and social commentaries. This volume contains one of Mencken's most influential short works. Originally printed in 1917 in the New York Evening Mail, "Sahara of the Bozart" attacked the American South as the most intellectually barren region of the United States. Mencken's vitriol led to an artistic renaissance in the South when Southern writers and artists, provoked by the essay, set out to prove Mencken wrong
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A Mencken chrestomathy
In defense of womenThe philosophy of Friedrich NietzscheA Mencken chrestomathyA new dictionary of quotations on historical principles from ancient and modern sourcesTreatise on the godsA book of prefacesAn American tragedyMinority report: H.L. Mencken's notebooks
Alternative Names

H.L. Mencken Amerikaans journalist

H. L. Mencken periodista estadounidense

H. L. Mencken US-amerikanischer Publizist und Schriftsteller



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Henry Louis Mencken giornalista e saggista statunitense

M., H. L. 1880-1956

Mencken, H. 1880-1956

Mencken H.L.

Mencken, H. L. 1880-1956

Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956

Mencken, Henry 1880-1956

Mencken Henry L.

Mencken, Henry L. 1880-1956

Mencken, Henry L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956

Mencken, Henry Louis

Mencken, Henry Louis 1880-1956

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Генри Луис Менкен американский журналист, эссеист, сатирик

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Хенри Луис Менкен американски новинар и писател

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