H. L. Mencken essay and review typescript drafts
Collection — Box: SFC3 [F09.090.03.01], Folder: 306
Scope and Contents
Five essays and one book review, in typescript draft. They are handcorrected by Mencken in either pen or pencil. Mencken's signature appears at the top of the first page of each typescript.
- 1939 - 1939
- Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis) (Author, Person)
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The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The H. L. Mencken is the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.
Biographical / Historical
Henry Louis Mencken was an American satirist, essayist, journalist, cultural critic, and scholar of American English. He was born in Baltimore, son of a cigar factory owner. Menken attended Professor Knapp's School and graduated as valedictorian from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1896. He would go on to take a class in writing from Cosmopolitan University, one of the nation's first correspondence schools. in 1899, he was hired as a part-time journalist by the Morning Herald Newspaper in Baltimore. Mencken later moved to the Baltimore Sun, to which he continued to contribute until 1948. In 1908, Menken became a literary critic for the magazine, The Smart Set, and founded The American Mercury, which later developed a national circulation, with George Jean Nathan. It was during this period that he wrote the essays and opinion pieces that would make him famous. A skeptic of the New Deal and a fierce critic of FDR as well as of American involvement in World War II, he scaled back his writing for the Sun for several years during the 1930s, instead focusing on his memoirs and other projects as editor. H. L. Mencken suffered a stroke in 1948 and never fully recovered. He lost his ability to read, write, and speak. He died in 1956.
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Typescript drafts of five essays and one book review, dated January-March 1939, by H. L. Mencken. All bear extensive corrections in Mencken's own hand in pencil or pen.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Items removed, per R. Brabham, from Harry Golden collection, pt. 2 for separate handling.
These items were removed from the Harry Golden collection (MS20.2) for separate cataloging as a manuscript collection.
- H. L. Mencken essay and review typescript drafts
- J. Nicholson, J. Henry
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