Henry louis (hl) mencken (1880-1956) was an american journalist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of american english known as the sage of baltimore, he is regarded as one of the most influential american writers and prose stylists of the first half of the twentieth century. His later work consisted of humorous, anecdotal, and nostalgic essays, (2016), damning words: the life and religious times of h l mencken,. Capital punishment in the work of george orwell, hl mencken, and norman mailer capital punishment in the essays by george orwell, hl mencken, and norman mailer was a necessary evil to deter crime. Essay on h l mencken and his view of the scopes trial links to h l mencken's full essays on the scopes trial: coverage of the scopes trial homo neanderthalensis (june 29, 1925. Journalist h l mencken described himself as absolutely devoid of what is called religious feeling he attended a methodist sunday school as a child but only, he wrote in the schooling of a theologian, to allow his father—an unbeliever—to have free time for a nap.
Hl mencken, a mencken chrestomathy no one in this world, so far as i know_and i have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me_has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Mencken then chose to collect some of his journalistic pieces in a book, which is calledmore hl mencken is the who in this he was an author/journalist he was an author/journalist mencken then chose to collect some of his journalistic pieces in a book, which is called a chrestomathy (similar to an anthology of poems or short stories) (less. If you have never read the politician by hl mencken, here it is this essay is as appropriate now as it was when mencken wrote it in 1940. Mencken essay example 3 imagine a world where everyone was safe no matter the race or where a person lived sounds perfect, doesn't it imagine the same world except now the only reason for that safety is.
Satiric essays about travel in europe, written on the brink of world war i according to wikipedia: henry louis h l mencken (1880 - 1956) was an american journalist, essayist, magazine editor, satirist, acerbic critic of american life and culture, and a student of american english. The land of the free hl mencken january 12, 1925 i carlo tresca is the proprietor of a small italian paper in new york, by name il martello he runs to liberal. The library of america interviews marion elizabeth rodgers about h l mencken (and the sentimental mencken), read his essays on his mentor, the.
Home table of content united architects - essays table of content all sites mencken, hl american, 1880-1956 the essays of hlmencken were critical of all aspects of american culture and influenced american thought for over 50 years, setting the standard for satire in his day, especially during the 15-year period following world war i and. Summary: in hl mencken's essay the penalty of death an essay in favor of the death penalty mencken's essay creates controversy because of his opinion and humor of capital punishment the death penalty to mencken is acceptable punishment also described as katharsis katharsis is salubrious. The voluminous writings (nineteen books and thousands of essays, articles and reviews) of h l mencken, one of america's finest writers and perhaps its greatest journalist and chronicler of american english, are a virtually-forgotten treasure trove of sparkling wit and deep wisdom like.
The sahara of the bozart the essay in its final form, as it is here re-produced, dates sadly, but i have let it stand as a sort of historical hl mencken ed. H l mencken in literary essays and reviews of the 1920s & 30s: the shores of light / axel's castle / uncollected reviews lewis m dabney, ed h l and sara. On being an american by hl mencken (1922) all the while i have been forgetting the third of my reasons for remaining so faithful a citizen of the federation, despite all the lascivious inducements from expatriates to follow them beyond the seas, and all the surly suggestions from patriots that i succumb. Today is hl mencken's 130th birthday, and we commemorate it here with two important and seldom seen essays by the master of the pen himself.
H l mencken: gift certificate where is the graveyard of dead gods what lingering mourner waters their mounds there was a time when jupiter was the king of the. Hl mencken: hl mencken, controversialist, humorous journalist, and pungent critic of american life who powerfully influenced us fiction through the 1920s. Mencken, h l (12 sept 1880-29 jan 1956), author, editor, and journalist, was born henry louis mencken in baltimore his six-volume collection of essays,. Essays earning a score of 4 inadequately examine the extent to which mencken's observation applies to contemporary society the evidence or explanations used may be inappropriate, insufficient, or less.
Mencken's book the american language revealed him to be an authority on the american language, and his essays and articles made him a popular advocate for free press and the first amendment he. His keen interest in and intelligent appraisal of 20th-century american letters are evident in the essays collected in h l mencken on american literature (2002. Journalist hl mencken was renowned for his playfully combative prose style and his politically incorrect points of view first published in prejudices: sixth series in 1927, mencken's essay the libido for the ugly stands as a powerful exercise in hyperbole and invective.