H. L. Mencken Biography

Henry Louis "H. L." Mencken was an American journalist, essayist, magazine editor, satirist, critic of American life and culture, and scholar of American English. Known as the "Sage of Baltimore", he is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the twentieth century. Many of his books remain in print.

Mencken is known for writing The American Language, a multi-volume study of how the English language is spoken in the United States, and for his satirical reporting on the Scopes trial, which he dubbed the "Monkey Trial". He commented widely on the social scene, literature, music, prominent politicians and contemporary movements.

As a frank admirer of German philosopher Nietzsche, he was a detractor of religion in general, populism and representative democracy, which he believed was a system in which inferior men dominated their superiors. Mencken was a keen cheerleader of scientific progress, very skeptical of economic theories and critical of osteopathic/chiropractic medicine.

During and after World War I, he was sympathetic to the Germans, and was very distrustful of British propaganda. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
H. L. Mencken
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Writer, Journalist, Critic
Ethnicity:
German American
Religion:
Atheism, Agnosticism, Agnostic atheism
Date of Birth:
September 12, 1880
Astrological Sign:
Virgo
Date of Death:
January 29, 1956
Age at Death:
75
Marriages
H. L. Mencken Timeline
  • 1931-02-03
    Arkansas legislature passes motion to pray for soul of H L Mencken after he calls state "apex of moronia"
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