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Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis) (1880-1956) | Special Collections & University Archives

Name: Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis) (1880-1956)
Variant Name: H. L. Mencken
Fuller Form: Henry Louis Mencken


Historical Note: H. L. Mencken was a critical but humorous journalist, literary reviewer, and language expert.  In 1899 he became a reporter for the Baltimore Morning Herald; beginning in 1906, and continuing throughout much of his life, he worked at various intervals for The Baltimore Sun.  He was co-editor of The Smart Set, and was co-founder of the American Mercury.  Additional publications of his were Prejudices, The American Language, and an autobiographical trilogy.





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