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H.L.  Mencken
[1880-1956]

photograph of H.L. Mencken, at his desk with corncob pipe          short profile

works about H.L. Mencken

works by H.L. Mencken
the magazines

friends & family

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H.L. Mencken was a journalist, satirist, critic, and a cynic and freethinker
known as the "Sage of Baltimore" and "the Voltaire of his time".

         Henry Louis Mencken was born in Baltimore, Maryland on 12 September 1880. He was a reporter for the Baltimore Morning Herald from 1899, and became editor in 1905; in 1906, he moved to the Baltimore Sun. He reported for the Evening Sun as a war correspondent in Germany during 1916-17. He developed a wide-ranging reputation also writing fiction, non-fiction & poetry, and began writing essays for The Smart Set Magazine from 1908, becoming co-editor with George Jean Nathan. In 1924, he and Nathan co-founded The American Mercury Magazine (edited by Mencken & published by Alfred A. Knopf); Mencken left in 1933; Knopf pulled out in 1934; the magazine endured until 1981 (and was revived online in 2010). Mencken was a mentor to many reporters and authors over the years, including John Fante [1909-83] and Alistair Cooke.

         Mencken is considered a libertarian, an outspoken defender of Constitutional freedoms, and a fierce opponent of persecution, injustice, puritanism, and self-righteousness (while his views were sometimes tainted with racism, anti-Semitism, and 'elitism'). His literary & political wit was superb, and he is revered as a cynic & curmudgeon on a par with Mark Twain.

         He surprised everyone by marrying in 1930; Sara Haardt Mencken had health problems and died in 1937 of tuberculoisis. A 1948 cerebral thrombosis left Mencken aware and fully conscious but unable to read or write, effectively ending his literary career. He died on 29 January 1956 at the age of seventy-five, at the house in Baltimore where he lived for 67 years.
         He had suggested his epitaph earlier in The Smart Set, which was inscribed on a plaque in the lobby of The Baltimore Sun: "If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner, and wink your eye at some homely girl."

H.L. Mencken Society
H.L. Mencken entry at Wikipedia
browse the H.L. Mencken Bookstore at Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=nordellbookst-20&path=tg/browse/-/70462/
meager H.L. Mencken credits [from 1926] on Internet Movie Database

H.L. Mencken Quotations Page at Working Minds Philosophy website
H.L. Mencken quotes at Watchful Eye
J.W. & G.B.'s page of H.L. Mencken quotes


                        

Works  About  H.L. Mencken

H.L. Mencken biography by Boyd  
"H.L. Mencken" [1924 biography] by Ernest Boyd
Cosimo Classics 7¾x4¾ pb [10/2006] for $15.95
Kessinger 9x6 hardcover [7/2007] for $26.56

"Disturber of The Peace;: The Life of H.L. Mencken" [1951] by William Manchester
http://www.amazon.com/Disturber-peace-life-H-L-Mencken/dp/B0007F0R42/

"H.L. Mencken: A Portrait From Memory" [1956] by Charles Angoff
http://www.amazon.com/H-L-Mencken-Portrait-From-Memory/dp/B0006D7YPK/

Constant Circle  "The Constant Circle: H. L. Mencken & His Friends" [1968]
by Sara Mayfield

Fire Ant 9½x5½ pb [7/2003] for $25.00
Delacorte hardcover [1/68] out of print/used
H.L. Mencken Murder Case  "The H.L. Mencken Murder Case" [1988] by Don Swaim
Set circa 1948; when a bookstore employee is murdered, apparently over an 18th Century manuscript, the reclusive bookstore owner brings his father's friend 'Harry' into helping prevent further mayhem.
St. Martin hardcover [10/88] out of print/used
John Fante & H.L. Mencken / Correspondence  "John Fante and H.L. Mencken: A Personal Correspondence, 1930-1952" [1989]
Edited by Michael Moreau & Joyce Fante

Black Sparrow Press pb [1/89] out of print/used
Black Sparrow hardcover [8/89] out of print/used
Mencken bio by Hobson  "Mencken: A Life" [1994]
by Fred Hobson

Johns Hopkins Univ Press 9½x6¼ pb [11/95] for $22.95
Random House 9½x6¾ hardcover [5/94] out of print/used
Our Man In Washington  "Our Man In Washington" [2000] by Roy Hoopes
A mystery novel by Cain biographer Hoopes, about real-life pals James M. Cain and journalist H.L. Mencken in the 1920s.

Forge pb [10/2001] out of print/used
Forge hardcover [9/2000] out of print/used
Good Night Valentino  "Good Night Valentino" [short film 2003]
Based on a report by H.L. Mencken in the Baltimore Sun about an actual conversation over dinner with Rudolph Valentino [1895-1926], who sought advice in handling the slander blaming Valentino's movie career for 'emasculating the American male' • Produced, co-written & directed by Edoardo Ballerini; co-written by John Rothman; starring Edoardo Ballerini {as Valentino}, John Rothman {as Mencken} & Blaire Chandler
DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb
Skeptic / Life of Mencken  
"The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken" [2002]
by Terry Teachout

Harper Perennial 8x5¼ pb [11/2003] for $10.85
HarperCollins 8¾x7 hardcover [11/2002] out of print/used
Mencken / American Iconoclast book by Marion Elizabeth Rodgers  "Mencken: The American Iconoclast - The Life & Times of The Bad Boy of Baltimore" [2005]
by Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

Oxford Univ Press 8¾x5¾ pb [8/2007] for $25.00
Oxford Univ Press 9¼x6¾ hardcover [11/2005] for $11.85
movie Alleged  "Alleged" feature film [indep 2010]
An ambitious young reporter is frustrated by life in backwater Dayton, Tennessee; when the 1925 'Scopes Monkey Trial' arrives in the town, he gets the break of a lifetime as the eager protégé of nationally-famous journalist H.L. Mencken • Directed by Tom Hines; starring Nathan West, Colm Meaney {as H.L. Mencken}, Brian Dennehy {as Clarence Darrow}, Fred Dalton Thompson {as Wm. Jennings Bryan}, Ashley Johnson, J.R. Bourne, Jamie Kolacki {as John Scopes} & Khori Faison
Image Ent. widescreen color Blu-ray [11/2011] for $26.99
Image Ent. widescreen color DVD [11/2011] for $10.49
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

"American Writers II: The 20th Century" live program broadcast from Union Square Park and
Mr. Mencken’s house in Baltimore, MD [aired April 2002]

"Inside Job" [6/2005 novel] by Connie Willis
http://www.amazon.com/Inside-Job-Connie-Willis/dp/1596060247/

"The American Experience: H.L. Mencken" biography [2007?] missing from IMDb

"Mitzi & Mencken" short docufilm [2008] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1412478/


"Inherit The Wind" Broadway play & feature film
The E.K. Hornbeck reporter character was modeled on H.L. Mencken's real-life participation in the
Scopes vs. State of Kentucky 'monkey trial' of 1925, the first U.S. trial broadcast on national radio.

Inherit The Wind playscript  "Inherit The Wind" playscript [1955]
by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee

Ballantine mass pb [11/2003] for $6.99
Dramatists Play Service 8x5¼ pb [1/96] for $6.50
play credits [1955-57, 1996 & 2007] at Internet Broadway Database
Inherit The Wind movie  b&w feature film [United Artists October 1960]
Directed by Stanley Kramer; script by Nedrick Young & Harold Jacob Smith, based on the 1955 play; starring Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York, Donna Anderson, Harry Morgan, Claude Akins, Noah Beery Jr. & Norman Fell; Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Script, Best Actor {Tracy}, Best Cinematography & Best Editing, BAFTA noms for Best Film & Best Actors (Tracy & March}
M.G.M. b&w DVD [11/2001] for $10.99
M.G.M. b&w VHS [2/97] out of stock/many used
full credits from IMDb

1965 NBC tv movie starring Melvyn Douglas & Ed Begley: full credits from IMDb
1988 NBC tv movie starring Kirk Douglas, Jason Robards & Darren McGavin: full credits from IMDb
1999 MGM/Showtime tv movie starring Jack Lemmon, George C. Scott & Beau Bridges: full credits from IMDb

H.L. Mencken's columns on the Scopes trial

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/monkeytrial/index.html


                        

Works  by  H.L. Mencken
browse the H.L. Mencken Bookstore at Amazon
search all of H.L. Mencken's books at Amazon
seven of H.L. Mencken's works available as free etexts at Project Gutenberg

Because so much of H.L. Mencken's writings were short articles and reviews and other opinion pieces,
this section is split in twain: larger books written directly by Mencken, and later collections edited by others.

"George Bernard Shaw: His Plays" [1905] by Henry L. Mencken 1880-1956
http://archive.org/details/cu31924012968198

Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche book by H.L. Mencken  "The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche" [1907]
by Henry L. Mencken

Kindle Edition from Evergreen Review [1/2008] for $4.95
See Sharp Press 9x6 pb [6/2003] for $9.95
Kessinger Publng 9x6 hardcover [7/2007] for $33.54
see also Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore's Friedrich Nietzsche [1844-1900] Page
title page from 1910 edition of The Gist of Nietzsche book by H.L. Mencken  "The Gist of Nietzsche" [1910] 'arranged by' Henry L. Mencken
Nabu Press 9½x7½ pb [1/2010] for $13.85
John W. Luce & Co. hardcover [1910] out of print/used
available as free online etext at Archive.org
see also Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore's Friedrich Nietzsche [1844-1900] Page
The Artist stageplay by H.L. Mencken  "The Artist: A Drama Without Words" stageplay [John W. Luce, 1912]
by H.L. Mencken

Univ California Libraries pb [8/00] for $9.99
hardcover [8/00] for $0.00 out of print/used
playscript available as free online etext at Internet Archive
Europe After 8:15 book by H.L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan & Willard Huntington Wright  "Europe After 8:15" [John Lane Co. 1914] by H.L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan & Willard Huntington Wright (S.S. Van Dine),
'with decorations by' Thomas Hart Benton

Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [undated] for FREE {sic}
Univ California Libraries 8x5 pb [1914 facsimile edition] for $17.99
Dodo Press 9x6 pb [6/2007] for $12.99
available as free online etext at Project Gutenberg
larger view of Thomas Hart Benton 'Berlin' drawing at left {in new window}

"A Book of Burlesques" [Knopf 1916]
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/22145

"A Book of Prefaces" [Knopf 1917]
http://www.amazon.com/Book-Prefaces-H-L-Mencken/dp/1557429855/
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19355

Damn!: A Book of Calumny by H.L. Mencken  "Damn!: A Book of Calumny" [Philip Goodman Co. 1918]
49 short essays
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [undated] for FREE {sic}
Arc Manor 5x8 pb [4/2008] for $3.99 {sic}
Kessinger Publng 9x6 hardcover [6/2008] for $27.32
available as free online etext at Internet Archive (from the Knopf 1938 edition)
available as free online etext at Gutenberg Project
In Defense of Women book by H.L. Mencken  "In Defense of Women" [Philip Goodman Co. 1918, Knopf 1922]
Chapters/sections are entitled: Introduction, The Feminine Mind, The War Between The Sexes, Marriage, Woman Suffrage, and The New Age
Kindle Edition from Public Domain Books [3/2006 edition] for FREE {sic}
Arc Manor 8½c5½ pb [3/2008] for $5.99
Dover Publns 8½c5½ pb [3/2004] for $6.95
B.C.R. (Bibliographical Center for Research) 9¼x6¼ hardcover [10/2009] for $28.99
available as free online etext at Gutenberg Projectbook entry at Wikipedia

"Notes On Democracy" [1926] by H.L. Mencken
http://www.amazon.com/Notes-On-Democracy-ebook/dp/B004TGNNC8/

Nietzsche's The Anti-Christ book translated by H.L. Mencken  "The Anti-Christ: Curse On Christianity" [1888] by Friedrich W. Nietzsche
translated with an Introduction by H.L. Mencken [Knopf 1918]

Kindle Edition Mencken trxln from Amazon Digital [3/2011] for FREE {sic}
Kindle 'modernized' Mencken trxln from Amazon Digital [undated] for 99¢ {sic}
Wilder Publns Mencken trxln 9x6 pb [12/2008] for $4.95
Wilder Publns Mencken trxln 9x6 hardcover [4/2008] for $19.99
Wildside Press unknown trxln 9¼x6¼ hardcover [6/2005] for $24.95
available as free online etext at Project Gutenberg
Mencken's American Language  
"The American Language" [1919 classic] by H.L. Mencken
Knopf 9½x6¾ 4th edition hardcover [6/36] for $37.80
The American Credo book by George Jean Nathan & H. L. Mencken  "The American Credo: A Contribution Toward The Interpretation of The National Mind" [Knopf 1920] by George Jean Nathan & H.L. Mencken
Kindle Edition from Library of Alexandria [2003 edition] for $2.99 {sic}
BiblioLife 8x5 pb [3/2008] for $15.41
BiblioLife 9¼x6 hardcover [6/2009] for $30.99

available as free online etext at Project Gutenberg

Selected Prejudices book by H.L Mencken  "Prejudices: A Selection" [1927] by H.L Mencken,
Edited with Introduction by James T. Farrell

Johns Hopkins Univ Press 8½x6 pb [6/96] for $19.97
Vintage mass pb [2/58] out of print/many used
Modern Library hardcover [1930] out of print/used
Knopf hardcover [1927] out of print/used
H.L. Mencken's autobiography  H.L. Mencken's 3-volume autobiography
"Happy Days, 1880–1892" [1940]
Johns Hopkins Univ Press 8¾x5¾ pb [8/2006] for $25.00
"Newspaper Days, 1899–1906" [1941]
Johns Hopkins Univ Press 8¾x5¾ pb [8/2006] for $25.00
"Heathen Days, 1890–1936" [1943]
Johns Hopkins Univ Press 8¾x5¾ pb [8/2006] for $25.00
Mencken's New Dictionary of Quotations  "A New Dictionary of Quotations On Historical Principles From Ancient & Modern Sources" [1942] Selected & edited by H.L. Mencken
Knopf 9½x7 hardcover [6/42] out of print/used

more on Working Minds Philosophy's Books of Quotations Page

"Vachel Lindsay: The True Voice of Middle America" short article [Keystone 1947] by H.L. Mencken
reprinted in The Courier literary journal of December 1962, pp 12-15
full issue as .PDF file, article on pp 16-19
see also Spirit of America's Vachel Lindsay [1879-1931] Page

Mencken Chrestomathy - 2 volumes  "A Mencken Chrestomathy: His Own Selection of His Choicest Writing" [1948]
Vintage 7¾x5¼ pb [4/82] for $14.93
"A Second Mencken Chrestomathy" [1994] Edited by Terry Teachout
Vintage 8x5 pb [9/95] out of print/used
Knopf 8¾x6 hardcover [1/95] out of print/used
Vintage Mencken  "The Vintage Mencken" [1955]
49 essays 'gathered by' Alistair Cooke

http://www.amazon.com/The-Vintage-Mencken-ebook/dp/B004SMQJME/
Vintage 8¼x5½ pb [3/90] for $9.62
Vintage mass pb [8/55] out of print/used
Vintage mass pb [8/55] out of print/used
Impossible H.L. Mencken / Best Newspaper Stories book by Marion Elizabeth Rodgers  "The Impossible H.L. Mencken: A Selection of His Best Newspaper Stories" [1991] Edited by Marion Elizabeth Rodgers,
with a Foreword by Gore Vidal

Anchor 9¼x6 pb [10/91] out of print/many used
Doubleday 9x6 hardcover [10/91] out of print/used
H.L. Mencken autobiography  "My Life As Author and Editor" [1993]
Edited by Jonathan Yardley

Kindle Edition from Random House/Vintage [12/2011] for $13.99
Vintage 8½x5½ pb [1/95] for $25.00
Knopf 9½x6½ hardcover [1/93] for $30.00
35 Years of Newspaper Work  "Thirty-Five Years of Newspaper Work: A Memoir" [1994]
Edited by Fred Hobson, Vincent Fitzpatrick & Bradford Jacobs

Johns Hopkins Univ Press pb [9/2006] for $25.00
Johns Hopkins Univ Press 9x6 pb [1/96] for $16.95
Johns Hopkins Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [8/94] out of print/used
Mencken's America  "Mencken's America" [2004]
Edited by S.T. Joshi

Ohio Univ Press 8¾x6 pb [2/2004] for $22.95
Ohio Univ Press 9¼x6½ hardcover [2/2004] for $40.40
Religious Orgy In Tennessee book of H.L. Mencken articles  "A Religious Orgy In Tennessee: A Reporter's Account of The Scopes Monkey Trial" [2006] by H.L. Mencken
Kindle Edition from Melville House [12/2010] for $9.32
Melville House Publng 7½x5½ pb [9/2006] for $16.95
Prejudices book series by H.L. Mencken  "H.L. Mencken: Prejudices (Library of America)" [2010]
Edited by Marion Rodgers

Volume 1: "Prejudices: First [1919], Second [1920], and Third [1922] Series"
Library of America 8¼x6½ hardcover [9/2010] for $26.60
Volume 2: "Prejudices: Fourth [1924], Fifth [1926], and Sixth [1927] Series"
Library of America 8¼x6½ hardcover [9/2010] for $26.60
"Prejudices: The Complete Series" in two volumes
Library of America 8½x6½ hardcover [9/2010] for $44.10

"Treatise On The Gods" [Knopf 1930] by H.L. Mencken

Minority Report (Maryland Paperback Bookshelf) by H. L. Mencken
http://www.amazon.com/Minority-Report-Maryland-Paperback-Bookshelf/dp/0801856582/

The Diary of H.L. Mencken by H. L. Mencken
http://www.amazon.com/Diary-H-L-Mencken-ebook/dp/B006YYOG1K/
http://www.amazon.com/The-Diary-H-L-Mencken/dp/039456877X/

On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe (Maryland Paperback Bookshelf) by H. L. Mencken
http://www.amazon.com/On-Politics-Carnival-Paperback-Bookshelf/dp/0801853427/


Movies,  Stageplays,  Other  Media

"Camille: The Fate of A Coquette" silent short [1926; DVD 2004]
Described as a home movie, with crew credits incomplete; produced & directed by Ralph Barton; bilingual intertitles (English & French); actors include Anita Loos (as Camille), Sherwood Anderson, Ethel Barrymore, Richard Barthelmess, Charlie Chaplin, Clarence Darrow, Lili Darvas, Theodore Dreiser, Dorothy Gish, Sacha Guitry, Rex Ingram, Serge Kousevitzky, Alfred Knopf, Georges Lepape, Sinclair Lewis, W. Somerset Maugham, H.L. Mencken, Ferenc Molnár, George Jean Nathan, Chauncey Olcott, Aileen Pringle, Yvonne Printemps, Max Reinhardt, Paul Robeson, and Charles G. Shaw • incomplete credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediawatch the film [7/2014 upload; 31:00] online at YouTube
also available on 2-disk "Chaplin Collection Volume 1: A King In New York and A Woman In Paris"
Warner Home Video b&w DVD [3/2004] out of prodn/used



Collections  of  H.L. Mencken's  Writings

The American Scene: A Reader by H. L. Mencken (Apr 12, 1982)
http://www.amazon.com/The-American-Scene-A-Reader/dp/0394752147/

"Mencken on Mencken: A New Collection of Autobiographical Writings" [Mar 2010]
by H. L. Mencken and S. T. Joshi ()
http://www.amazon.com/Mencken-Collection-Autobiographical-Writings-ebook/dp/B004P8IWQM/
http://www.amazon.com/Mencken-New-Collection-Autobiographical-Writings/dp/0807135925/

http://www.amazon.com/Men-Versus-The-Man-Individualism/dp/0983031428/

Do You Remember?: The Whimsical Letters of H. L. Mencken and Philip Goodman by H. L. Mencken
http://www.amazon.com/Do-You-Remember-Whimsical-Letters/dp/0938420542/

In Defense of Marion: The Love of Marion Bloom & H.L. Mencken by H. L. Mencken
http://www.amazon.com/In-Defense-Marion-Bloom-Mencken/dp/0820317675/ref=cm_lmf_tit_17

Writing Los Angeles Literary Anthology book edited by David L. Ulin  "Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology" [2002] Edited by David L. Ulin
Nearly 900 pages of novel excerpts, short stories, poems, diary entries, and newspaper & magazine articles; authors include Bertolt Brecht, James M. Cain, Truman Capote, Raymond Chandler, Joan Didion, James Ellroy, William Faulkner, M.F.K. Fisher, F. Scott Fitzgerald, painter David Hockney, Pico Iyer, Helen Hunt Jackson, Norman Mailer, Ruben Martinez, H.L. Mencken, Charles Mingus, Walter Mosley, Octavio Paz, Art Pepper, Mona Simpson, screenwriter Robert Towne, William T. Vollman, D.J. Waldie, Evelyn Waugh, Nathanael West, and Tom Wolfe
Library of America 9¼x6½ hardcover [9/2002] for $26.53
Mencken on Mencken / Autobiographical Writings book edited by S.T. Joshi  
"Mencken On Mencken: A New Collection of Autobiographical Writings" [2010]
Edited by S.T. Joshi

Kindle Edition from L.S.U. Press [3/2010] for $7.96
L.S.U. Press 9¼x7¼ pb [3/2010] for $18.96

Deadline Artists / Newspaper Columns book edited by Avlon, Angelo & Louis  "Deadline Artists: America's Greatest Newspaper Columns" [2011]
Edited by John P. Avlon, Jesse Angelo & Errol Louis

Overlook 9x6 hardcover [9/2011] for $18.61
Historical and current writers covered include: Mitch Albom, Russell Baker, Mike Barnicle, Dave Barry, Ambrose Bierce, Thomas Boswell, Jimmy Breslin, David Brooks, Heywood Broun, Art Buchwald, William F. Buckley, Jimmy Cannon, Richard Harding Davis, Pete Dexter, Maureen Dowd, Fanny Fern, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas L. Friedman, Woody Guthrie, Pete Hamill, Ben Hecht, W.C. Heinz, Ernest Hemingway, Bob Herbert, Carl Hiaasen, Langston Hughes, Murray Kempton, Michael Kinsley, Tony Kornheiser, Steve Lopez, H.L. Mencken, Jack Newfield, Peggy Noonan, Kathleen Parker, Westbrook Pegler, Leonard Pitts, Ernie Pyle, Anna Quindlen, Grantland Rice, Will Rogers, Theodore Roosevelt, Mike Royko, Damon Runyon, Red Smith, Dorothy Thompson, Hunter S. Thompson, Cynthia Tucker, Mark Twain, Orson Welles & George Will

                        

'The Smart Set'  Magazine [1900-1930]
'The Smart Set' entry at Wikipedia

"Pistols for Two" [Knopf, 1917] by Owen Hatteras
a combined biography of the two editors of "The Smart Set"
http://www.amazon.com/Pistols-Two-Owen-Hatteras/dp/1110572786/ http://archive.org/details/pistolsfortwo00mencrich

"The Smart Set Anthology" [Reynal & Hitchcock, 1934] Edited by Burton Rascoe & Groff Conklin

"The Smart Set: A History and Anthology" [Dial, 1966] by Carl R. Dolmetsch

"H.L. Mencken's Smart Set Criticism" [Cornell Univ Press, 1968] by William H. Nolte
http://www.amazon.com/H-L-Menckens-Smart-Set-Criticism/dp/0895262312/

"The Smart Set: George Jean Nathan and H.L. Mencken" [2/2000] by Thomas Quinn Curtiss
http://www.amazon.com/Smart-Set-George-Nathan-Mencken/dp/1557833125/

                        

Mencken and Nathan began the pulp magazine The Parisienne in 1915 to publish good stories that were below the snooty standards of The Smart Set; they made their profit and then sold it to publishers Warner and Crowe in 1916. They repeated that same process with Saucy Stories [1916-1936?] and The Black Mask [1920-51].

                        

'The American Mercury'  Magazine [1924-1981]
In 1923, Alfred A. Knopf started publishing periodicals, beginning with "The American Mercury", founded by
H.L. Mencken & George Jean Nathan, which Knopf published through 1934.

"The {New} America Mercury" Magazine Online [est. 2010]
this reboot of Mencken & Nathan's "American Mercury" includes new material in the spirit of the original,
as well as a searchable archive of much original material

"The American Mercury Reader" [1944] by Lawrence E. Spivak and Charles Angoff
http://www.amazon.com/American-Mercury-Reader-Lawrence-Spivak/dp/0548067775/
http://www.amazon.com/American-Mercury-Lawrence-Charles-editors/dp/B001BJGKZ8/
http://www.amazon.com/American-Selection-Distinguished-Articles-Published/dp/B000R2O2E6/
http://www.amazon.com/american-murcury-reader-Lawerence-Charles/dp/B0041UQ9PA/
http://www.amazon.com/The-American-Mercury-Reader-Distinguished/dp/B0006DCMP2/


                        

Family  &  Friends

wife Sara Haardt Mencken [1898-1935] married 1930, died in 1935
a collection of her short stories published under the title "Southern Album" []
"Mencken and Sara: A Life In Letters" [McGraw-Hill 1987] Edited by Marion Elizabeth Rodgers
http://www.amazon.com/Mencken-Sara-Letters-Private-Correspondence/dp/0070415056/


business partner George Jean Nathan [1882-1958]
"The World of George Jean Nathan" [] by George Jean Nathan (Feb 1, 2000)
http://www.amazon.com/The-World-George-Jean-Nathan/dp/1557833133/


when in New York City, H.L. Mencken would often meet Edgar Lee Masters at Jack Dempsey's Restaurant,
344 W. 46th Street, for several praiseworthy mint julips at a dollar each {"and well worth it"}

pal author James T. Farrell [1904-79]


authors discovered and-or mentored while Mencken was editor of The Smart Set
Irish author James Joyce [1882-1941] in 1915
F. Scott Fitzgerald [1896-1940] in September 1919
Dashiell Hammett [1894-1961] from 1922
John Fante [1909-83]
Willard Huntington Wright {later pen name S.S. Van Dine) [1887-1939]

authors discovered and-or mentored while Mencken was editor of The American Mercury
James M. Cain [1892-1977]


                        

Links  About  H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken Society
H.L. Mencken entry at Wikipedia
browse the H.L. Mencken Bookstore at Amazon
browse H.L. Mencken category at Amazon
search all H.L. Mencken books at Amazon
meager H.L. Mencken credits [from 1926] on Internet Movie Database
Mencken's home at 1524 Hollins Street, in Baltimore's Union Square neighborhood
Friends of The Mencken House [est. 2002] website

H.L. Mencken Room / Collection at Enoch Pratt Free Library
H.L. Mencken Collection {mostly letters 1924-42} at Princeton University
http://www.americanwriters.org/writers/mencken.asp
GB's H.L. Mencken fansite
http://www.americanwriters.org/writers/mencken.asp

H.L. Mencken Quotations Page at Working Minds Philosophy website
H.L. Mencken quotes at Watchful Eye
J.W. & G.B.'s page of H.L. Mencken quotes

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the only extant recording of H.L. Mencken's voice: June 1948 radio interview {in 8 segments) free on YouTube
Part I [9:51]Part II [6:31]Part III [10:01]Part IV [10:01]
Part V [10:01]Part VI [6:31]Part VII [10:01]Part VIII [8:01]



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