Noted Authors

February 14, 1999

H.L. Mencken

(1880-1956)

Baltimore native Henry Louis Mencken was a reporter for the Baltimore Morning Herald and was later on staff for The Baltimore Sun where he remained for most of his life.

He coedited The Smart Set, a highly influential magazine and later helped found The American Mercury.

Mencken was an overall critic of American culture. A compilation of Mencken's reviews and essays is titled "Prejudices."

"The American Language" which has examples of American expressions marked him as the leading authority of U.S. language.

-- Encyclopedia of Literature

Pub Date: 02/14/99

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