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

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Works: 2,141 works in 5,459 publications in 7 languages and 122,366 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Essays  History  Diaries  Drama  Miscellanea  Literature  Autobiographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Honoree, Librettist, Composer, Correspondent, Recipient, Compiler, Performer, Contributor, Former owner, Other
Classifications: PS3525.E43, 818.5209
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The American language : an inquiry into the development of English in the United States by H. L Mencken( Book )

658 editions published between 1919 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 7,333 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 )

131 editions published between 1913 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,908 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

48 editions published between 1949 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,566 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
Treatise on the gods by H. L Mencken( Book )

65 editions published between 1930 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 1,540 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 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 1,533 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 )

30 editions published between 1965 and 1996 in English and held by 1,527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eleven plays of Henrik Ibsen by Henrik Ibsen( Book )

7 editions published between 1935 and 1960 in English and held by 1,235 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
A book of prefaces by H. L Mencken( Book )

75 editions published between 1917 and 2013 in English and held by 1,192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 1917 collection of essays criticizing American culture and authors contains Mencken's classic essay "Puritanism as a Literary Force." Mencken was a well-known critic of "Puritanism," which he termed the American fear that "someone, somewhere, may be happy." Throughout the 1910s Mencken became an increasingly outspoken critic of American culture, in part because of the jingoistic fervor of World War I and growing Prohibitionist sentiment. Mencken excoriated Puritanism in American culture for, above all else, lacking aesthetic sense and persecuting dissenting views?including Mencken's own
The philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche by H. L Mencken( Book )

59 editions published between 1908 and 2016 in English and held by 1,095 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 )

23 editions published between 1956 and 2003 in English and held by 1,074 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Minority report: H.L. Mencken's notebooks by H. L Mencken( Book )

25 editions published between 1956 and 2013 in English and held by 1,073 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
The Vintage Mencken by H. L Mencken( Book )

29 editions published between 1955 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,072 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
Prejudices : first series by H. L Mencken( Book )

53 editions published between 1910 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,011 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 )

11 editions published between 1958 and 1977 in English and held by 971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Mencken : essays( Book )

6 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

40 editions published between 1905 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 859 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
Notes on democracy by H. L Mencken( Book )

48 editions published between 1926 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 852 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
Prejudices : second series by H. L Mencken( Book )

31 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 )

28 editions published between 1922 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A variety of short pieces by satirist and social critic H.L. Mencken are collected in this volume
Mencken's America by H. L Mencken( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 545 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
 
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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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ה. ל. מנקן

اچ. ال منکن

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멩켄, H. L. 1880-1956

멩켄, 헨리 루이스 1880-1956

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In defense of womenA Mencken chrestomathyTreatise on the godsA new dictionary of quotations on historical principles from ancient and modern sourcesA book of prefacesThe philosophy of Friedrich NietzscheMinority report: H.L. Mencken's notebooksThe Vintage Mencken