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

Works: 1,981 works in 5,012 publications in 11 languages and 121,690 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Periodicals  Controversial literature  Diaries  History  Drama  Miscellanea  Literature  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Honoree, Librettist, Composer, Correspondent, Compiler, Performer, Former owner, Recipient, Contributor, Other, Adapter, Annotator
Classifications: PS3525.E43, B
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The American language : an inquiry into the development of English in the United States by H. L Mencken( Book )
414 editions published between 1919 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 5,924 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
Prejudices : a selection made by James T. Farrell and with an introd. by him by H. L Mencken( Book )
136 editions published between 1919 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 2,775 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
In defense of women by H. L Mencken( Book )
124 editions published between 1913 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,983 libraries worldwide
In Defense of Women is H. L. Mencken's book on women and the relationship between the sexes. While Mencken does not champion women's rights, he describes women as wiser in many novel and observable ways. The book is not so much a defense of women as a critique of the relationship between the sexes
Prejudices : first series by H. L Mencken( Book )
85 editions published between 1910 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,852 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
A Mencken chrestomathy by H. L Mencken( Book )
45 editions published between 1949 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,590 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 )
46 editions published between 1942 and 2001 in English and held by 1,578 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 )
32 editions published between 1965 and 1982 in English and held by 1,561 libraries worldwide
Treatise on the gods by H. L Mencken( Book )
57 editions published between 1930 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,539 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
The American language : an inquiry into the development of English in the United States by H. L Mencken( Book )
213 editions published between 1936 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,279 libraries worldwide
"This supplement is ... an independent work and may be read without reference to its predecessor"--Cover
Eleven plays of Henrik Ibsen by Henrik Ibsen( Book )
7 editions published between 1935 and 1960 in English and held by 1,271 libraries worldwide
A book of prefaces by H. L Mencken( Book )
65 editions published between 1917 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,194 libraries worldwide
The philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche by H. L Mencken( Book )
53 editions published between 1908 and 2013 in English and held by 1,100 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
The Vintage Mencken by H. L Mencken( Book )
26 editions published between 1955 and 1990 in English and held by 1,097 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 )
24 editions published between 1956 and 2013 in English and held by 1,092 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
A carnival of buncombe by H. L Mencken( Book )
21 editions published between 1956 and 2003 in English and held by 1,089 libraries worldwide
The bathtub hoax, and other blasts & bravos from the Chicago tribune by H. L Mencken( Book )
15 editions published between 1958 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 987 libraries worldwide
The American mercury ( serial )
in English and held by 940 libraries worldwide
On Mencken : essays ( Book )
2 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 908 libraries worldwide
George Bernard Shaw : his plays by H. L Mencken( Book )
38 editions published between 1905 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 847 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
The Antichrist by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche( Book )
38 editions published between 1918 and 2014 in English and held by 432 libraries worldwide
"Here is Friedrich Nietzsche's great masterpiece The Anti-Christ, wherein Nietzsche attacks Christianity as a blight on humanity. This classic is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand Nietzsche and his place within the history of philosophy ..."--Description from
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Alternative Names
H.L. Mencken Amerikaans journalist
H. L. Mencken US-amerikanischer Publizist und Schriftsteller
Hatteras, Owen.
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
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ה. ל. מנקן
اچ. ال منکن
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멩켄, H. L. 1880-1956
멩켄, 헨리 루이스 1880-1956
メンケン, H. L
English (1,687)
French (13)
Spanish (9)
Multiple languages (5)
German (4)
Danish (4)
Portuguese (3)
Italian (2)
Chinese (1)
Catalan (1)
Dutch (1)
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