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

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Works: 2,141 works in 5,402 publications in 7 languages and 122,153 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, Composer, Correspondent, Recipient, Contributor, Adapter, Performer, Former owner, Other
Classifications: PS3525.E43, 818.5209
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Most widely held works about H. L Mencken
 
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The American language : an inquiry into the development of English in the United States by H. L Mencken( Book )

662 editions published between 1919 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 7,350 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 )

128 editions published between 1913 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,910 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mencken's argument for the superiority of women
Treatise on the gods by H. L Mencken( Book )

65 editions published between 1930 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,544 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 )

45 editions published between 1942 and 2001 in English and held by 1,534 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 1,528 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 1,236 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 1,195 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 )

58 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 )

22 editions published between 1956 and 2003 in English and held by 1,076 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

24 editions published between 1956 and 2013 in English and held by 1,075 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 )

28 editions published between 1955 and 1990 in English and held by 1,073 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 )

54 editions published between 1910 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,018 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 )

17 editions published between 1958 and 1981 in English and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Mencken : essays( Book )

6 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 908 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Notes on democracy by H. L Mencken( Book )

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

31 editions published between 1920 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 802 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 )

27 editions published between 1922 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 776 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 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 )

28 editions published between 1943 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 126 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
Newspaper days, 1899-1906 by H. L Mencken( Book )

35 editions published between 1940 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the second volume of his autobiographical writings, H.L. Mencken recalls his early years as a reporter. On January 16, 1899, Mencken applied for a job with the Baltimore Morning Herald, much to the editor's amusement. But Mencken persisted, and came back to the offices night after night until finally, in February, the editor sent him out into a blizzard to see if anything worth printing was happening on the snow-covered streets. Soon, Mencken was assigned to the police beat, and then to city hall, where the really big crooks worked. Mencken learned his craft so well that by 1901 he had become the Herald's Sunday editor, and in 1906 he was hired as an editor of the Baltimore Sun, where he quickly attracted a national following. Sustained by a steady diet of crabs, cigars, whiskey, and beer, he haunted Baltimore's jails and courtrooms, its churches, theaters, and saloons, and chased fire wagons, interviewed cops and coroners, battled politicians and crusaders, then raced back to the newsroom to beat his deadline by a second or two
 
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Minority report: H.L. Mencken's notebooks
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

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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 womenTreatise 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 MenckenPrejudices : first series