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 Mr. Mencken on Liberty
Mencken bad come to believe that the clue to the social ills in American life was to be found in the political domain, and he became convinced that Americans had turned their backs on their country's founding principles and abandoned the early American love of liberty.
Mencken began his national career as a literary critic, and his contributions to The Smart Set, of which he was co-editor with George Jean Nathan between 1914 and 1923, fail to reveal more than the general drift of his political ideas.
Mencken noted that for fifty years after the inauguration of the spoils system under Jackson (the spoils system, ironically, was supposed to be itself a reform) the people generally held office seekers and office holders in very low esteem.
www.libertyhaven.com /politicsandcurrentevents/governmentreformitsrealrole/mrmencken.html   (3137 words)

  
 H. L. Mencken Room and Collection - Humanities Department - Enoch Pratt Free Library - Baltimore, MD
Mencken continued to live there all his life in spite of allurements to move to New York, which he termed "a third-rate Babylon," preferring to remain in and of "the immense protein factory of Chesapeake Bay." As a boy, Mencken attended F. Knapp's Institute, and later the Polytechnic.
Mencken gained a reputation in the trade as a boy wonder, for he was industrious and fertile and learned all there was to learn about a newspaper in a few years.
However, Mencken was more than a destructive critic of the shams of his day, he was an acute and constructive critic of literary merit and he recognized, encouraged, and publicized some of the best talent of the twenties.
www.pratt.lib.md.us /slrc/hum/mencken.html   (1897 words)

  
 H. L. Mencken -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article
Mencken was, in fact, preoccupied with how he would be perceived after his death, and he spent this period of time organizing his papers, letters, newspaper clippings and columns.
Mencken suffered a cerebral (The formation or presence of a thrombus (a clot of coagulated blood attached at the site of its formation) in a blood vessel) thrombosis in 1948, from which he never fully recovered.
Mencken was born in (Click link for more info and facts about Baltimore, Maryland) Baltimore, Maryland, the son of a (A roll of tobacco for smoking) cigar factory owner.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/h/h/h._l._mencken.htm   (1352 words)

  
 About H. L. Mencken
Mencken was praised by writers for his prompt and courteous handling of their manuscripts, and by other editors for his quality monthly.
Mencken was one of the most famous and colorful literary figures of his time, a friend to senators, movie stars, redcaps, writers, lawyers, doctors, politicians, journalists, convicts, musicians, philologists, rabbis and priests.
Mencken was as famous in America as George Bernard Shaw was in England, but it was not only through his work as a journalist.
www.menckenhouse.org /about/about_hlm.htm   (1427 words)

  
 LibertyGuide.com - H.L. Mencken
Mencken was a critic of prohibition and the New Deal and a staunch defender of free speech and pursuit of the truth.
Mencken's account of the Scopes trial is notable for his skepticism of creationism and his belief that the trial represented an assault on progress and reason.
Journalist, essayist, editor, and satirist, H.L. Mencken is best known today for his biting sarcasm and his relentless criticism of bunkum and for his coverage of the Scopes Monkey trial, which involved the prosecution of a Tennessee public school teacher who was accused of teaching evolutionism in his classes.
www.theihs.org /libertyguide/people.php/75850.html   (356 words)

  
 Mencken
Mencken was born in Baltimore in 1880 and died there in 1956--a lifelong "Baltimoron," as he characterized himself.
Mencken's dominant pose mingles a sense of superiority with comic vulgarity as he responds to the opposition (politicians, church leaders, "academic idiots," chiropractors, Klansmen, and various other species of "boobus Americanus") with explosive laughter and ridicule.
Mencken's distinctive voice is habitually characterized by hyperbole--"an extravagant accentuation in degree," as he defines the trope.
www.nt.armstrong.edu /mencken.htm   (1114 words)

  
 Mencken
Mencken said, "The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos.
Mencken thought that people with superior intellect must be in control for society to function properly (Douglas 73).
One arena at which Mencken continually aimed his criticism was politics.
www.msu.edu /course/mc/112/1920s/Mencken/government.html   (1622 words)

  
 H. L. Mencken: The Joyous Libertarian by Murray N. Rothbard
Mencken's liberating force, of course, was exerted not on the mass of men, but on the scattered but intelligent few who could appreciate and be influenced by what he had to say; in short, like his old friend and fellow-libertarian, Albert Jay Nock, Mencken wrote for (and liberated) The Remnant who would understand.
Mencken's atheism is, again, well-known, but for him passionate hostility was reserved for those religious groups which persisted in imposing their moral codes by coercion upon the rest of the population.
Mencken had little faith in the ability of revolutions to effect an overthrow on behalf of liberty: "Political revolutions do not often accomplish anything of genuine value; their one undoubted effect is simply to throw out one gang of thieves and put in another.
www.lewrockwell.com /rothbard/rothbard19.html   (6829 words)

  
 The Bathtub, Mencken, and War
Mencken speculated on the probable response to his confession, "The Cincinnati boomer, who have made much of the boast that the bathtub industry, now running to $200,000,000 a year, was started in their town, will charge me with spreading lies against them.
Mencken was enraged by the popular portrayal of Germans as 'barbarous Huns' who committed atrocities such as the widely-reported bayoneting of Belgian babies.
The article was so titled because, as Mencken declared, America had neglected to celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the invention of the modern bathtub which had occurred on December 20, 1842 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
www.zetetics.com /mac/mencken.htm   (1503 words)

  
 Mencken, H. L. on Encyclopedia.com
Mencken also fought against the strain of Puritanism in American literature and was an important literary champion of such writers as Theodore Dreiser, Sherwood Anderson, Sinclair Lewis, and Eugene O'Neill.
Mencken's pungent, iconoclastic criticism and scathing invective, although aimed at all smugly complacent attitudes, was chiefly directed at what he saw as the ignorant, self-righteous, and overly credulous American middle class, members of which he dubbed Boobus americanus.
(mĕng´ken, mĕn´-) (Henry Louis Mencken), 1880-1956, American editor, author, and critic, b.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/M/Mencken.asp   (576 words)

  
 The Scopes Trial
Mencken wrote: "The Japanese, judged by Western eyes, are an extremely homely people, and no doubt the fact has a good deal to do with their general unpopularity." Mencken thought that they look both "sinister and ludicrous," not an encouraging or likable combination.
Mencken did acknowledge that, even then, some journalists liked to mingle with the wealthy and the powerful but, for him, there was always a greater fascination in those lower depths where dwell bartenders and police sergeants.
Alas, Mencken was not at the convention in '96, when with a single speech ("You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold!") Bryan got the nomination at the age of thirty-six.
www.positiveatheism.org /hist/mencken.htm   (5896 words)

  
 Summary of Prejudices: First Series
Mencken is highly disdainful of religion, especially the lingering effects of Puritanism, for impeding the course of civilization.
Mencken seems equally dubious of the newly rising science of psychology, considering it "chiefly guesswork, empiricism, hocus-pocus, poppycock." While lambasting notions of American etiquette, the four subchapters of "The Blushful Mystery" lament the disappearance of romantic intrigue.
Mencken experienced a spectacular rise in the newspaper world, from a lowly cub reporter to editor-in-chief of the Herald at the remarkable age of twenty-five.
docsouth.unc.edu /mencken/summary.html   (1077 words)

  
 German American Corner: MENCKEN, Henry Louis (1880-1956)
Mencken, born in Baltimore, Md., on Sept. 12, 1880, began his career as a journalist with the Baltimore Morning Herald and in 1906 switched to the Baltimore Sun, where he remained in various editorial capacities for most of his life.
Mencken's most important piece of scholarship was The American Language (3 vol., 1936-48), which traced the development and established the importance of AMERICAN ENGLISH (q.v.).
MENCKEN, Henry Louis (1880-1956), American journalist, critic, and essayist, whose perceptive and often controversial analyses of American life and letters made him one of the most influential critics of the 1920s and '30s.
www.germanheritage.com /biographies/mtoz/mencken.html   (667 words)

  
 Review Essay
Mencken liked to describe his distinctive vocation as that of a "critic of ideas," and it is perhaps the greatest of the paradoxes of Mencken's literary life that his more formal philosophical, theological, and political speculations have worn poorly, though he believed them to be among his finest efforts.
Mencken's lasting reputation is built on his reporting, his philology, his skills as a memoirist, and his work as an editor-a role in which he had, arguably, his greatest influence on American letters.
Mencken's own paper, the Baltimore Sun, took the lead in denouncing his alleged sundry bigotries, and editor Fecher himself stated, flatly, that "Mencken was an anti-Semite"-a charge carefully and, I believe, persuasively rebutted by Joseph Epstein in Commentary.
www.firstthings.com /ftissues/ft9505/articles/revessay.html   (5790 words)

  
 Q&A with Terry Teachout on H. L. Mencken on National Review Online
In 1948, Mencken suffered a stroke that deprived him of the power to read and write — a fate worthy of Greek drama — and spent the last eight years of his life unable to practice his trade.
Mencken's first two volumes of autobiographical essays, "Happy Days" and "Newspaper Days," are the best things he ever wrote — classics of American reminiscence, though not yet widely recognized as such.
His two novels, The Bonfire of the Vanities and A Man in Full, though of course they don't sound anything like Mencken, have something of his directness — his willingness to write about men and institutions as they really are — as well as a good deal of his stylistic vitality.
www.nationalreview.com /interrogatory/interrogatory111502.asp   (1644 words)

  
 Mencken, H.L. 1921. The American Language
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.
Shaw, G.B. Stein, G. Stevenson, R.L. Wells, H.G. Reference > Mencken, H.L.
This classic was written to clarify the discrepancies between British and American English and to define the distinguishing characteristics of American English.
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 Home Page: Mencken Society
Two are of typescripts, seven are of letters, eight are of Mr Mencken, two are of his famous portable Corona typewriter and one is of his press badge.
Mencken Day this year is on the 10th of September, as always a Saturday, at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD.
Her topic is “Mencken: The American Iconoclast,” which is also the title of her forthcoming book.
www.mencken.org   (967 words)

  
 H.L. Mencken - UMKC School of Law
Mencken contended that if “Genesis embodies a mathematically accurate statement of what took place the week of June 3, 4004 B.C.” then “all of modern science is nonsense” On that point, he had no dispute with most other intellectuals of his time.
Mencken differed from other critics of fundamentalism, however, in his insistence that science and Christianity in general could not be reconciled.
The most frequent targets of Mencken’s flamboyant wit were fundamentalists—largely because of their constant efforts to employ the power of government to enforce their moral views.
www.law.umkc.edu /faculty/projects/ftrials/scopes/menckenh.htm   (1862 words)

  
 American Writers: H.L. Mencken
Mencken was the most influential American literary critic in the 1920s, and often used literary criticism as a point of departure to jab at American weaknesses.
By the time of his death, Mencken was perhaps the leading authority on the language of his country.
In 1924 the two founded the American Mercury, and Mencken edited it until 1933.
www.americanwriters.org /writers/mencken.asp   (294 words)

  
 The Claremont Institute: Journalism with a Hammer
Mencken's view of democracy was Nietzsche with a generous helping of social Darwinism on the side.
If H.L. Mencken (1880-1956) is known widely today, it is probably for coining the term "Bible Belt," or possibly for originating the oft-misquoted adage, "No oneĀ…has ever lost money underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people." He said much more than that, equally memorable, often hilariously so.
Mencken may have had a philosophy, but he was no philosopher.
www.claremont.org /writings/crb/spring2003/boychuk.html   (1790 words)

  
 Instead of a Blog - Mencken's Method
Mencken's politics were virtually indistinguishable from those of a small businessman who felt beleaguered by malingering workers and welfare frauds — and a cold-hearted one at that.
Mencken saw through their standard brands of nonsense, and pricked the hot-air balloons of Socialism and Progressivism and New Dealism with a consistency to be admired, not scorned.
Mencken never aimed to be a sage in the savagely nihilistic sense of Forever Questioning.
www.insteadofablog.com /2004.12.19.shtml   (3540 words)

  
 Urban Legends Reference Pages: Politics (H. L. Mencken)
Mencken, H. On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe.
In this case the attribution to Henry Louis Mencken, a prominent newspaperman and political commentator during the first half of the
H. Mencken once wrote that eventually "the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."
www.snopes.com /politics/quotes/mencken.asp   (349 words)

  
 H. L. Mencken / Biography
Social rebels admired Mencken's clever, iconoclastic attacks on the middle-class "booboisie," prudery, and organized religion and politics.
During the 1930s, Mencken's cynicism and his antipathy to the New Deal appeared less in tune with the times, and he turned more toward the past, writing three volumes of memoirs, beginning with Happy Days (1940).
Early on, Mencken published studies of George Bernard Shaw (1905) and Friedrich Nietzsche (1908), both of whom he admired.
www.cooperativeindividualism.org /menckenbio.html   (261 words)

  
 H.L. Mencken on Liberty and Government - Mises Institute
Mencken received criticism for his attacks on government for its abuse of American liberties, and he was considered both radical and dangerous by some.
Henry Louis (H.L.) Mencken was perhaps America's most outspoken defender of liberty in the first half of the 20th Century.
It is worth remembering some of the reasons he gave for that shame, since, by the same standards, the government is even more shameful today than when Mencken wrote.
www.mises.org /fullstory.asp?control=1018   (991 words)

  
 Amazon.com: The Vintage Mencken (Vintage): Books: H.L. Mencken,Alistair Cooke
Mencken was born in Baltimore in 1880 and for his developmental years was a "bookworm." He resolved to pursue a more active life as he grew and discovered his niche in journalism.
Mencken would be really uncomfortable in today's simplified soundbyte world: here was a confirmed racist who promoted the Harlem Renaissance and condemned segregation in public places.
Primarily consisting of Mencken's *The Free Lance* columns for the Baltimore Sun-Times, this book provides a picture of a Mencken even most literati are unfamiliar with today; the scrupulous, knowledgeable, sceptical reporter.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0679728953?v=glance   (1475 words)

  
 Four Way Stop: What About Mencken?
A couple days ago, I noticed one of Mencken's aphorisms tacked up in the cube of one of my more Kerry-psyched coworkers (as opposed to "If I close my eyes, I can pretend he's--Daniel Patrick Moynihan!" people like myself).
So Mencken has become a verbal armory, a repository of aphorisms.
There's something strangely similar about Mencken in 1925 and Jane Smiley in 2004.
www.atom6.com /4waystop/archives/000209.html   (299 words)

  
 H. L. Mencken Quotes
Some of these quotes are selected from _Minority Report, H. Mencken's Notebooks_, Knopf, 1956.
-- [Quoted by Alistair Cooke in a speech before the National Press Club, Oct 8, 1986.] MENCKEN QUOTES ON OTHER SUBJECTS [168]...I suppose that the inferiority of the teachers of [English] is largely due to the fact that they are recruited from the lower moiety of pedagogical aspirants.
A common way out of the dilemma is the resort to mysticism, which is simply an attempt to construct a non-Euclidean world in which anything that can be imagined is assumed to have happened.
www.lhup.edu /~dsimanek/mencken.htm   (7053 words)

  
 Friends of the H L Mencken House Home Page
The Mencken House is still closed to the public, however, you may arrange to have the Friends open the House (contingent upon scheduling) for you.
Two in particular are of interest to The Friends, one of the back yard and one in the alley in back with Mr Mencken’s “children”, as he called them.
Marion E. Rodger’s Mencken: The American Iconoclast (Oxford University Press, 2005) is has been published and promises to be the definitive work on Mr Mencken.
www.menckenhouse.org   (881 words)

  
 Mencken Day : Events at the Enoch Pratt Free Library - Enoch Pratt Free Library - Baltimore, MD
This year the Mencken Room, now located in the Annex to the Central Library, is open to the public Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m.
Mencken Day is traditionally held on the Saturday closest to H.L. Mencken's birthday, September 12.
Pictured: H. Mencken's marriage certificate, on view in the exhibit “Nuptials” - memorabilia of marriages in the Mencken family.
www.epfl.net /events/mencken.html   (295 words)

  
 Supplements to H. L. Mencken Bibliography
Mencken's essay is recycled in the rearranged These United States: Portraits of America from the 1920s, ed.
Notes: "I have reprinted Mencken's book reviews from their original appearances in the Smart Set, American Mercury, and other magazines and newspapers, even in those few instances in which the reviews were reprinted (usually with extensive revisions) in later books by Mencken" (p.
Adler's attribution is based on Frey, but in MLAE (198) Mencken claims that he and Nathan wrote their own biographies.
www2.bc.edu /~schrader/mencken.html   (9203 words)

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