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H.L. Mencken

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Henry L. Mencken was born in Baltimore in 1880 and died there in 1956. He began his long career as a journalist, critic, and philologist on the Baltimore Morning Herald in 1899. In 1906 he joined the staff of the Baltimore Sun, thus beginning an association which lasted until a few years before his death. He was co-editor of the Smart Set with George Jean Nathan from 1908 to 1923, and with Nathan he founded The American Mercury, of which he was sole editor from 1925 to 1933. He was the author of many books, most notably The American Language, Prejudices... Read More

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American Language Supplement 1

Written by H.L. Mencken


Format: eBook, 739 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 8, 2012
Price: $29.99

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American Language Supplement 2

Written by H.L. Mencken


Format: eBook, 889 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 4, 2012
Price: $39.99

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American Language

Written by H.L. Mencken


Format: eBook, 816 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 4, 2012
Price: $38.99

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Diary of H. L. Mencken

Written by H.L. Mencken


Format: eBook, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 1, 2012
Price: $12.99

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Happy Days

Written by H.L. Mencken


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 20, 2013
Price: $19.99

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Heathen Days

Written by H.L. Mencken


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 20, 2013
Price: $18.99

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Mencken Chrestomathy

Written by H.L. Mencken


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 1982
Price: $21.95

Edited and annotated by H.L.M., this is a selection from his out-of-print writings. They come mostly from books—the six of the Prejudices series, A Book of Burlesques, In Defense of Women, Notes on Democracy, Making A President, A Book of Calumny, Treatise on Right and Wrong—but there are also magazine and... Read more >
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Mencken Chrestomathy

Written by H.L. Mencken


Format: eBook, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 7, 2012
Price: $15.99

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Minority Report

Written by H.L. Mencken


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 2, 2013
Price: $9.99

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... Read more >

My Life as Author and Editor

Written by H.L. Mencken


Format: eBook, 484 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 21, 2011
Price: $13.99

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My Life as Author and Editor

Written by H.L. Mencken


Format: Trade Paperback, 484 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 1995
Price: $25.00

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Newspaper Days

Written by H.L. Mencken


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 20, 2013
Price: $18.99

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Notes On Democracy

Written by H.L. Mencken


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 20, 2013
Price: $9.99

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Second Mencken Chrestomathy

Written by H.L. Mencken


Format: eBook, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 20, 2013
Price: $11.99

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Treatise on the Gods

Written by H.L. Mencken


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 20, 2013
Price: $12.99

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The Vintage Mencken

Written by H.L. Mencken
Compiled by Alistair Cooke


Format: Trade Paperback, 258 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 17, 1990
Price: $16.00

The anthology that spans an entire lifetime of writing by America's greatest curmudgeon, with a "flick of mischief on nearly every page." Read more >
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