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

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Works: 1,903 works in 4,749 publications in 8 languages and 120,212 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Controversial literature  Periodicals  Diaries  History  Drama  Miscellanea  Chronology  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Librettist, Honoree, Correspondent, Composer, Contributor, Recipient, Compiler, Former owner, Adapter, Performer
Classifications: PS3525.E43, B
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The American language : an inquiry into the development of English in the United States by H. L Mencken( Book )

475 editions published between 1919 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 6,203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This classic was written to clarify the discrepancies between British and American English and to define the distinguishing characteristics of American English. Mencken's groundbreaking study was undoubtedly the most scientific linguistic work on the American language to date and continues to serve as a definitive resource in the field
Prejudices : first series by H. L Mencken( Book )

63 editions published between 1910 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,827 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
In defense of women by H. L Mencken( Book )

89 editions published between 1913 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 1,823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

H.L. Mencken's views on women had garnered a reputation as inconsistent and confused based on his early newspaper columns and plays. In 1918 Mencken published this book on the subject, but rather than clearing his name the work only muddied the waters further. Some critics called the book progressive while others condemned it as reactionary. In true Mencken fashion, however, the work is best considered "ironic": rather than defend women, the book offers Mencken's critique of the relationship between the sexes
A Mencken chrestomathy by H. L Mencken( Book )

44 editions published between 1949 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A selection of choice passages from H.L.M.'s out-of-print writings
A new dictionary of quotations on historical principles from ancient and modern sources by H. L Mencken( Book )

46 editions published between 1942 and 2001 in English and held by 1,603 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."--From preface written by H. L. Mencken
The American scene, a reader by H. L Mencken( Book )

30 editions published between 1965 and 1982 in English and held by 1,574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Treatise on the gods by H. L Mencken( Book )

57 editions published between 1930 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

H. L. Mencken is perhaps best known for his scathing political satire. But politicians, as far as Mencken was concerned, had no monopoly on self-righteousness, deceit, and thievery. He also found religion to be an adversary worthy of his attention, and here he offers some of his best shots. Mencken examines religion everywhere, from India to Peru, from the myths of Egypt to the traditional beliefs of America's Bible Belt. He examines doctrines, dogmas, sacred texts, heresies, and ceremonies. He reviews the history of the Christian church and its founders. "It is Tertullian who is credited with the motto, Credo, quia absurdum est: I believe because it is incredible. Needless to say, he began life as a lawyer." Controversial even before it was published in 1930, Treatise on the Gods remains what its author wished it to be: the plain, clear challenge of honest doubt.--From publisher description
Eleven plays of Henrik Ibsen by Henrik Ibsen( Book )

5 editions published between 1935 and 1947 in English and held by 1,282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A book of prefaces by H. L Mencken( Book )

62 editions published between 1917 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Vintage Mencken by H. L Mencken( Book )

24 editions published between 1955 and 1990 in English and held by 1,107 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
Minority report: H.L. Mencken's notebooks by H. L Mencken( Book )

22 editions published between 1956 and 2013 in English and held by 1,102 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
A carnival of buncombe by H. L Mencken( Book )

20 editions published between 1956 and 2003 in English and held by 1,099 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche by H. L Mencken( Book )

46 editions published between 1908 and 2013 in English and held by 1,094 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book covers both wider and lesser known areas of Friedrich Nietzsche's life and philosophy, notable both for its suggestion of Mencken's still-developing literary talents at the age of 27 and for its impressive detail as a book written in the United States (on only the seventh year of Nietzsche's death) considering the lack of reliable interpretations of Nietzsche in the American sphere of letters at the time; Mencken prepared for writing this book by reading all of Nietzsche's published philosophy, including several works in the original German
The bathtub hoax, and other blasts & bravos from the Chicago tribune by H. L Mencken( Book )

15 editions published between 1958 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 996 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American mercury( )

in English and held by 943 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Mencken : essays( Book )

2 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 919 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

63 editions published between 1921 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These essays, first published between 1919 and 1927, ushered in a new cosmopolitanism and skepticism in twentieth-century America. Taking on all aspects of the conformism and provincial narrowness of the American worldview that he saw, Mencken launched himself at a wide variety of targets with his usual humor and richness
Notes on democracy by H. L Mencken( Book )

45 editions published between 1926 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Democracy] is, perhaps, the most charming form of government ever devised by man. It is based on propositions that are palpably not true and what is not true, as everyone knows, is always immensely more fascinating and satisfying to the vast majority of men than what is true. H.L. Mencken, America's greatest journalist and critic, wrote Notes on Democracy over 80 years ago. His time, the paranoid and intolerant years of World War I, Prohibition and the Scopes trial, is strikingly like our own. Notes isn't just a blast from the past, but also a perceptive and unsentimental report on contemporary life
George Bernard Shaw : his plays by H. L Mencken( Book )

36 editions published between 1905 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 848 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American social critic H.L. Mencken heaps praise on the works of Shaw, who was at the time Mencken's favorite author
Twilight of the idols ; and, the Anti-Christ by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche( Book )

37 editions published between 1918 and 2014 in English and held by 428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Here is Friedrich Nietzsche's great masterpiece The Anti-Christ, wherein Nietzsche attacks Christianity as a blight on humanity. This classic is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand Nietzsche and his place within the history of philosophy ..."--Description from www.amazon.com
 
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Alternative Names
H.L.Mencken

H.L. Mencken Amerikaans journalist

H. L. Mencken US-amerikanischer Publizist und Schriftsteller

Hatteras, Owen.

Hatteras, Owen 1880-1956

Henris Luisas Menkenas

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. 1880-1956

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

Mencken, Henry Louis.

Mencken, Henry Louis 1880-1956

Χένρι Μένκεν

Генри Луис Менкен американский журналист, эссеист, сатирик

Генрі Менкен

Хенри Луис Менкен

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ה. ל. מנקן

اچ. ال منکن

هنري لويس منكن

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メンケン, H. L

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Prejudices : first seriesIn defense of womenA Mencken chrestomathyA new dictionary of quotations on historical principles from ancient and modern sourcesTreatise on the godsA book of prefacesThe Vintage MenckenMinority report: H.L. Mencken's notebooks