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

Overview
Works: 1,848 works in 4,523 publications in 9 languages and 118,399 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Periodicals  Controversial literature  Diaries  Records and correspondence  History  Drama  Miscellanea  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Correspondent, Composer, Recipient, Compiler, Adapter, Former owner, Performer, Honoree
Classifications: PS3525.E43, B
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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 )

317 editions published between 1919 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 4,902 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
In defense of women by H. L Mencken( Book )

123 editions published between 1913 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 3,344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prejudices by H. L Mencken( Book )

148 editions published between 1910 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 3,286 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
The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche by H. L Mencken( Book )

48 editions published between 1908 and 2013 in English and held by 2,186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first book on Nietzsche ever to appear in English, this examination by legendary journalist H.L. Mencken is still one of the most enlightening. Mencken wrote this book while still in his 20s, but his penchant for thoroughness was evident even at that young age--in preparation for writing this book, he read Nietzsche's works in their entirety, mostly in the original German. A brief biographical sketch is followed by clear and thorough explanations of Nietzsche's basic concepts and attitudes. Analyzed are Nietzsche's much-misunderstood concept of the superman, his concept of eternal recurren
A Mencken chrestomathy by H. L Mencken( Book )

44 editions published between 1949 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,657 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 )

42 editions published between 1942 and 2001 in English and held by 1,628 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
The American scene, a reader by H. L Mencken( Book )

22 editions published between 1965 and 1982 in English and held by 1,575 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 1,568 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
A book of prefaces by H. L Mencken( Book )

60 editions published between 1917 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eleven plays of Henrik Ibsen by Henrik Ibsen( Book )

5 editions published between 1935 and 1947 in English and held by 1,289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Vintage Mencken by H. L Mencken( Book )

20 editions published between 1955 and 1990 in English and held by 1,117 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 )

18 editions published between 1956 and 1997 in English and held by 1,113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

20 editions published between 1956 and 2003 in English and held by 1,108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American language; an inquiry into the development of English in the United States. The 4th ed. and the two supplements, abridged, with annotations and new material by H. L Mencken( Book )

6 editions published between 1963 and 1967 in English and held by 1,015 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The bathtub hoax, and other blasts & bravos from the Chicago tribune by H. L Mencken( Book )

14 editions published between 1958 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,009 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American mercury( )

in English and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Bernard Shaw : his plays by H. L Mencken( Book )

31 editions published between 1905 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 943 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
On Mencken : essays( Book )

4 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 941 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Antichrist by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche( )

27 editions published between 1918 and 2014 in English and held by 877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Notes on democracy by H. L Mencken( Book )

42 editions published between 1926 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 868 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
 
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Alternative Names
Hatteras, Owen.

Hatteras, Owen 1880-1956

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

メンケン, H. L

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In defense of womenPrejudicesThe Philosophy of Friedrich NietzscheA Mencken chrestomathyA new dictionary of quotations on historical principles from ancient and modern sourcesTreatise on the godsA book of prefacesThe Vintage Mencken