Mencken, H. L.

Frameable card signed by “The Sage of Baltimore”

Price: $75.00

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Henry Louis "H. L." Mencken (1880-1956) “The Sage of Baltimore”, journalist, essayist, magazine editor, satirist, acerbic critic of American life and culture, student of American English. Mencken is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the 20th century. Mencken is known for writing The American Language, multi-volume study of how the English language is spoken in the US, and for his satirical reporting on the Scopes trial, which he named the "Monkey" trial. Mencken lived in Baltimore for all but 5 years of his life, never attended college. He became a reporter for the Baltimore Morning Herald 1899, to The Baltimore Sun 1906, contributing to the Sun until 1948, when he ceased to write. In only a few years' time, he began writing editorials and opinion pieces that made his name. On the side, he wrote short stories, a novel, and even poetry which he later reviled. In 1908, he became a literary critic for the magazine “The Smart Set”, and in 1924, he and George Jean Nathan founded and edited “The American Mercury”, published by Knopf. It developed a national circulation and became highly influential on college campuses across America. In 1933, Mencken resigned as editor. During the Great Depression, he did not support the New Deal, had strong reservations about US participation in WWII, and had overt contempt for President Roosevelt. He ceased writing for the Baltimore Sun for several years, focusing on his memoirs and other projects as editor, serving as an advisor for thepaper. In 1948, he covered the presidential election after which he suffered a stroke that left him unable to read or write. As a nationally syndicated columnist and author, he notably attacked ignorance, intolerance, frauds, fundamentalist Christianity, osteopathy, chiropractic, and the "Booboisie," his word for the ignorant middle classes. He heaped scorn on public officials he disliked and on the contemporary state of American democracy itself: Even as a reputed anti-Semite, Mencken was one of the first journalists to denounce persecution of German Jewry and attacked President Roosevelt’s refusal to admit Jewish refugees into the US. Autograph Sentiment (“with best wishes”) inscribed and signed on 3 ¼ x 5 ¼ white card, with nice 9 ¼ x 7 ¼ b&w book portrait for framing.

Condition: Very good
Type:Autograph Sentiment Signed






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