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H. L. Mencken

Critic, Journalist (12-Sep-1880 — 29-Jan-1956)


Fred Hobson. Mencken: A Life. New York: Random House. 1994. 650pp.

Fred C. Hobson; Gerald W. Johnson. Serpent in Eden: H. L. Mencken and the South. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press. 1974. 242pp.

Bud Johns. The Ombibulous Mr. Mencken: A Drinking Biography. San Francisco: Synergistic Press. 1968.

William Manchester. Disturber of the Peace: The Life of H. L. Mencken. New York: Harper & Brothers. 1951. 336pp.

Edward A. Martin. H. L. Mencken and the Debunkers. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press. 1984. 251pp.

Sara Mayfield. The Constant Circle: H. L. Mencken and His Friends. New York, NY: Delacorte Press. 1968. 307pp.

William H. Nolte. H. L. Mencken: Literary Critic. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press. 1966. 282pp.

Thomas Riggio (editor). The Correspondence of Theodore Dreiser and H. L. Mencken, 1907-1945. University of Pennsylvania Press. 1986. (2 vols.)

Marion Elizabeth Rodgers. Mencken: The American Iconoclast. Oxford University Press. 2005. 672pp.

Douglas C. Stenerson. H. L. Mencken: Iconoclast from Baltimore. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 1971. 287pp.

Terry Teachout. The Skeptic: A Life of H. L. Mencken. New York: Harper Collins. 2002. 410pp.

Harvey Wickham. The Impuritans: A Glimpse of That New World. New York: Lincoln Mac Veagh/The Dial Press. 1929. 296pp. Title continues, "Whose Pilgrim Fathers are Otto Weninger, Havelock Ellis, James Branch Cabell, Marcel Proust, James Joyce, H. L. Mencken, D. H. Lawrence, Sherwood Anderson, ET ID Genus Omne."


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  6. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.1001)

  7. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of American Writers

  8. Encyclopedia of American Biography (p.768)

  9. 20th Century Culture: A Biographical Companion (p.505)

  10. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.472)

  11. Webster's American Biographies (p.712)

  12. New York Public Library Literature Companion (p.298)

  13. Twentieth Century Authors (p.944)

  14. The Oxford Companion to American Literature, 5th Edition (p.487)

  15. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.672)

  16. Obituaries from the Times 1951-1960 (pp.502-03)

  17. Public Intellectuals: A Study in Decline (p.201)

  18. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.494)

  19. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.339)

  20. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (vol.3, pp.342-44)

  21. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.56)

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