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

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Works: 2,118 works in 5,324 publications in 7 languages and 122,300 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  History  Diaries  Drama  Miscellanea  Literature  Controversial literature  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Honoree, Librettist, Compiler, Correspondent, Composer, Adapter, Former owner, Other, Contributor, Recipient, 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 )

649 editions published between 1919 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 7,402 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( Book )

134 editions published between 1913 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 1,968 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mencken's argument for the superiority of women
A Mencken chrestomathy by H. L Mencken( Book )

43 editions published between 1949 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,569 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 )

45 editions published between 1942 and 2001 in English and held by 1,539 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 3 languages and held by 1,538 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
The American scene : a reader by H. L Mencken( Book )

30 editions published between 1965 and 1996 in English and held by 1,536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eleven plays of Henrik Ibsen by Henrik Ibsen( Book )

8 editions published between 1935 and 1960 in English and held by 1,253 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
The philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche by H. L Mencken( Book )

58 editions published between 1908 and 2016 in English and held by 1,091 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
A carnival of buncombe by H. L Mencken( Book )

22 editions published between 1956 and 2003 in English and held by 1,082 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Vintage Mencken by H. L Mencken( Book )

29 editions published between 1955 and 1990 in English and held by 1,077 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 )

24 editions published between 1956 and 2013 in English and held by 1,076 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 )

53 editions published between 1910 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,015 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The bathtub hoax, and other blasts & bravos from the Chicago tribune / edited, with an introduction and notes, by Robert McHugh by H. L Mencken( Book )

15 editions published between 1958 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Mencken : essays( Book )

6 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 906 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Notes on democracy by H. L Mencken( Book )

46 editions published between 1926 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 855 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 )

40 editions published between 1905 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 844 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
Prejudices : second series by H. L Mencken( Book )

29 editions published between 1920 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 801 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
Prejudices by H. L Mencken( Book )

25 editions published between 1922 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 773 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mencken's America by H. L Mencken( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 546 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
Heathen days, 1890-1936 by H. L Mencken( Book )

26 editions published between 1943 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the third volume of his reminiscences, H. L. Mencken looks back on his life and declares it "very busy and excessively pleasant." He imparts the impressive education he received from Hoggie Unglebower, the best dog trainer in Baltimore, and the survival techniques he employed at the Polytechnic, where he learned to protect his fingers from power tools and his character from the influence of algebra. He recalls his frequent visits during Prohibition to a beer hall in Union Hill, New Jersey, which Mencken thought, "the most comfortable I have ever encountered on this earth" with its perfect beer, cheap food, and expert waiters. Mencken's recollections further include the club boxing matches he attended, watching as the combatants in this gentleman's sport genteelly broke both bones and the law, and his voyage across the Atlantic, which he, unlike Columbus, paid for himself. In Naples, he admired the garbage that seemed to have accumulated since Roman times. In Tunis, he searched for the ruins of Carthage. In the Holy Land, he looked for the ruins of Gomorrah, the Hollywood of antiquity, in hopes of finding evidence that the city's unparalleled reputation for wickedness was simply exaggerated
 
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A Mencken chrestomathy
Alternative Names
H.L.Mencken

H.L. Mencken Amerikaans journalist

H. L. Mencken US-amerikanischer Publizist und Schriftsteller

H・L・メンケン

H·L·孟肯

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

Хенри Луис Менкен американски новинар и писател

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In defense of womenA Mencken chrestomathyA new dictionary of quotations on historical principles from ancient and modern sourcesTreatise on the godsThe philosophy of Friedrich NietzscheThe Vintage MenckenMinority report: H.L. Mencken's notebooksPrejudices : first series