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American Language: An Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States

by H. L. Mencken

This groundbreaking study clarifies the differences between British and American English and defines the distinguishing characteristics of American English. Cigar-chomping newspaperman H. L. Mencken succeeds not only in providing a lucid description of the American language but also in making his readers laugh, wince, and nod in agreement. It's a readable and fascinating study on why you say "tomayto" and I say "tomahto. " A must read for anyone who loves words. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 11-12 at http://www.corestandards.org.]

American Language Supplement 2

by H. L. Mencken

The DEFINITIVE EDITION OF The American Language was published in 1936. Since then it has been recognized as a classic. It is that rarest of literary accomplishments--a book that is authoritative and scientific and is at the same time very diverting reading. But after 1936 HLM continued to gather new materials diligently. In 1945 those which related to the first six chapters of The American Language were published as Supplement I; the present volume contains those new materials which relate to the other chapters.The ground thus covered in Supplement II is as follows:1. American Pronunciation. Its history. Its divergence from English usage. The regional and racial dialects.2. American Spelling. The influence of Noah Webster upon it. Its characters today. The simplified spelling movement. The treatment of loan words. Punctuation, capitalization, and abbreviation.3. The Common Speech. Outlines of its grammar. Its verbs, pronouns, nouns, adjectives, and adverbs. The double negative. Other peculiarities.4. Proper Names in America. Surnames. Given-names. Place-names. Other names.5. American Slang. Its origin and history. The argot of various racial and occupational groups.Although the text of Supplement II is related to that of The American Language, it is an independent work that may be read profitably by persons who do not know either The American Language or Supplement I.

A Choice of Days: Essays from Happy Days, Newspaper Days, and Heathen Days

by H. L. Mencken

A series of essays on the writing of the autobiographical book.

Damn! A Book of Calumny

by H. L. Mencken

"Damn! A Book of Calumny" contains some of Mencken's wittier turns in its forty-nine short essays.

The Diary of H. L. Mencken

by Charles A. Fecher H. L. Mencken

H. L. Mencken's diary was, at his own request, kept sealed in the vaults of Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Library for a quarter of a century after his death. The diary covers the years 1930 -- 1948, and provides a vivid, unvarnished, sometimes shocking picture of Mencken himself, his world, and his friends and antagonists, from Theodore Dreiser, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, and William Faulkner to Franklin D. Roosevelt, for whom Mencken nourished a hatred that resulted in spectacular and celebrated feats of invective. From the more than 2,000 pages of typescript that have now come to light, the Mencken scholar Charles A. Fecher has made a generous selection of entries carefully chosen to preserve the whole range, color, and impact of the diary. Here, full scale, is Mencken the unique observer and disturber of American society. And here too is Mencken the human being of wildly contradictory impulses: the skeptic who was prey to small superstitions, the dare-all warrior who was a hopeless hypochondriac, the loving husband and generous friend who was, alas, a bigot. Mencken emerges from these pages un-retouched -- in all the often outrageous gadfly vitality that made him, at his brilliant best, so important to the intellectual fabric of American life.

H. L. Mencken's Smart Set Criticism

by H. L. Mencken William H. Nolte

Welcome the long overdue re-release of Mencken's continual war against conventional thinking. A selection of Mencken's writings about other authors and their books.

Happy Days: 1880-1892

by H. L. Mencken

With a style that combined biting sarcasm with the "language of the free lunch counter," Henry Louis Mencken shook politics and politicians for nearly half a century. Now, fifty years after Mencken's death, the Johns Hopkins University Press announces The Buncombe Collection, newly packaged editions of nine Mencken classics: Happy Days, Heathen Days, Newspaper Days, Prejudices, Treatise on the Gods, On Politics, Thirty-Five Years of Newspaper Work, Minority Report, and A Second Mencken Chrestomathy. Most of these autobiographical writings first appeared in the New Yorker. Here Mencken recalls memories of a safe and happy boyhood in the Baltimore of the 1880s.

Heathen Days: 1890-1936

by H. L. Mencken

With a style that combined biting sarcasm with the "language of the free lunch counter," Henry Louis Mencken shook politics and politicians for nearly half a century. Now, fifty years after Mencken's death, the Johns Hopkins University Press announces The Buncombe Collection, newly packaged editions of nine Mencken classics: Happy Days, Heathen Days, Newspaper Days, Prejudices, Treatise on the Gods, On Politics, Thirty-Five Years of Newspaper Work, Minority Report, and A Second Mencken Chrestomathy. In the third volume of his autobiography, H. L. Mencken covers a range of subjects, from Hoggie Unglebower, the best dog trainer in Christendom, to his visit to the Holy Land, where he looked for the ruins of Gomorrah.

The Impossible H. L. Mencken: A Selection of His Best Newspaper Stories

by H. L. Mencken

A collection of newspaper articles written by Mencken over the course of his long and distinguished career.

Mencken Chrestomathy

by H. L. Mencken

"This Wonderful Sequel to the best-selling A Mencken Chrestomathy of nearly half a century ago is full of the iconoclastic common sense that marked H. L. Mencken's astonishing career as the premier American social critic of the twentieth century. Gathered by Mencken himself before he died in 1956, this second chrestomathy ("a collection of selected literary passages," with the accent on the tom) contains writings about a variety of subjects - politics, war, music, literature, men and women, lawyers, brethren of the cloth. Some of his essays have beguiling titles - "Notes for an Honest Autobiography," "The Commonwealth of Morons," "Le Vice Anglais," "Acres of Babble," "Hooch for the Artist. " All of them are a pleasure to read, and we are reminded that what Mencken wrote in the early years of this century remains applicable to a very different America. "--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Minority Report

by H. L. Mencken

In the fall of 1948 H. L. Mencken, then at the top of his unmatchable form (he had spoken at a meeting of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia only a little while before), suffered a stroke. He soon recovered his physical vigor, but writing was for him a thing of the past. Some months before his death, in going through some papers that he was putting in order for deposit in his beloved Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, his long-time secretary discovered these Notebooks. Mencken meant to publish them, as he makes clear in the preface, which also describes them better than I can. Suffice it to say that here is one more generous sampling of the old Mencken battling fearlessly for the freedom and dignity of the individual and for the general decencies of life and attacking all that seems fundamentally hostile to man: government, organized religion, professional philosophers, and pedagogues above all. It shows his restless and inquiring mind ranging over many of the problems that beset all of us who ever take time out to think, all in his unmatchable style, which, however much it crackles, has the supreme virtue--which Henry always found in his own great model, Thomas Henry Huxley--that of never leaving you in doubt of its meaning. Read the preface and note that this book is precisely what its title suggests; it consists of hundreds of notes--some only a few lines in length, some running to several pages, all reflecting a rigorous and exhilarating mind and personality. It may be a long time before another like him crosses our path.

Minority Report: H. L. Mencken's Notebooks

by H. L. Mencken

In 1956, Mencken read through his notebooks and extracted those pieces he thought truest, most pertinent, most precise, or most likely to blow the dust out of a reader's brain, culminating in "Minority Report".

My Life as Author and Editor

by H. L. Mencken

Sealed in a vault for 35 years--upon the direction of Mencken himself--this account of the writer's early career is so telling and uproariously opinionated that it might have provoked a storm of libel suits, had it been published immediately after his death.

My Life as Author and Editor

by H. L. Mencken Jonathan Yardley

H. L. Mencken stipulated in his will that the manuscript not be read for thirty-five years so that no one mentioned in its pages would still be alive on publication, thus giving the author the freedom to write what he pleased. The narrative contains many profiles and reminiscences covering Mencken's years in the magazine world, particularly with the "Smart Set", which he co-edited with George Jean Nathan. The heart of the book, however, lies in the descriptions of the relationships - rivalries, feuds, friendships and mentorships - that Mencken carried on with many of the significant writers of the twentieth century, including Theodore Dreiser, James Joyce, Willa Cather, Ezra Pound, Eugene O'Neill, Frank Harris, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Aldous Huxley and Sinclair Lewis. Full of wonderfully revealing anecdotes and biting observations, these pages are spiked with his trademark outrageous and pugnacious wit, as well as his alarming frankness. Although the memoir breaks off in the early 1920's because of a stroke he suffered in 1948, it contributes significantly to our understanding of the legendary literary era of which he was at the center. It also makes abundantly clear -- if proof were ever needed -- why he was our greatest social commentator, and why he has had an enduring impact on American society and letters.

Newspaper Days: 1899-1906

by H. L. Mencken

Originally published: New York: Knopf, 1941.

Notes on Democracy

by H. L. Mencken

Wars for "freedom". Fundamentalists intent on banishing Darwin from the classroom. Intrusive laws. H.L. Mencken wrote "Notes on Democracy" over 80 years ago. His era, the years of World War I, Prohibition and the Scopes trial, is strikingly like today. Dissident Books reintroduces this gem of cynicism and clear-thinking to a new generation. Don't even think about voting until you read this book!

The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

by H. L. Mencken

First published in 1908, this book, one of Mencken's earliest and the first book on Nietzsche to appear in English, consists of a brief biographical sketch followed by explanations of Nietzsche's basic concepts and attitudes. This edition contains explanatory notes and a new introduction on the similarities between Nietzsche and Mencken and the reasons that Nietzsche is so often misinterpreted.

A Religious Orgy in Tennessee

by H. L. Mencken Art Winslow

"The native American Voltaire, the enemy of all puritans, the heretic in the Sunday school, the one-man demolition crew of the genteel tradition." -Alistair Cooke on H.L. Mencken Fiercely intelligent, scathingly honest, and hysterically funny, H.L. Mencken's coverage of the Scopes Monkey Trial so galvanized the nation that it eventually inspired a Broadway play and the classic Hollywood movie Inherit the Wind. Mencken's no-nonsense sensibility is still exciting: his perceptive rendering of the courtroom drama; his piercing portrayals of key figures Scopes, Clarence Darrow, and William Jennings Bryan; his ferocious take on the fundamentalist culture surrounding it all--including a raucous midnight trip into the woods to witness a secret "holy roller" service. Shockingly, these reports have never been gathered together into a book of their own--until now. A Religious Orgy In Tennessee includes all of Mencken's reports for The Baltimore Sun, The Nation, and The American Mercury. It even includes his coverage of Bryan's death just days after the trial--an obituary so withering Mencken was forced by his editors to rewrite it, angering him and leading him to rewrite it yet again in a third version even less forgiving than the first. All three versions are included, as is a complete transcript of the trial's most legendary exchange: Darrow's blistering cross-examination of Bryan. With the rise of "intelligent design," H.L. Mencken's work has never seemed more unnervingly timely--or timeless.

Second Mencken Chrestomathy

by H. L. Mencken

"This Wonderful Sequel to the best-selling A Mencken Chrestomathy of nearly half a century ago is full of the iconoclastic common sense that marked H. L. Mencken's astonishing career as the premier American social critic of the twentieth century. Gathered by Mencken himself before he died in 1956, this second chrestomathy ("a collection of selected literary passages," with the accent on the tom) contains writings about a variety of subjects - politics, war, music, literature, men and women, lawyers, brethren of the cloth. Some of his essays have beguiling titles - "Notes for an Honest Autobiography," "The Commonwealth of Morons," "Le Vice Anglais," "Acres of Babble," "Hooch for the Artist. " All of them are a pleasure to read, and we are reminded that what Mencken wrote in the early years of this century remains applicable to a very different America. "--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

A Second Mencken Chrestomathy

by H. L. Mencken Terry Teachout

Gathered by Mencken himself before he died in 1956, this second Chrestomathy -- a collection of selected literary passages, with the accent on the tom -- contains writings about a variety of subjects -- politics, war, music, literature, men and women, lawyers, brethren of the cloth. Some of his essays have beguiling titles - "Notes for an Honest Autobiography", "The Commonwealth of Morons", "Le Vice Anglais", "Acres of Babble", "Hooch for the Artist". All of them are a pleasure to read, and we are reminded that what Mencken wrote in the early years of this century remains applicable to a very different America.

Treatise on the Gods

by H. L. Mencken

With a style that combined biting sarcasm with the "language of the free lunch counter," Henry Louis Mencken shook politics and politicians for nearly half a century. Now, fifty years after Mencken's death, the Johns Hopkins University Press announces The Buncombe Collection, newly packaged editions of nine Mencken classics: Happy Days, Heathen Days, Newspaper Days, Prejudices, Treatise on the Gods, On Politics, Thirty-Five Years of Newspaper Work, Minority Report, and A Second Mencken Chrestomathy. Controversial even before it was published in 1930, Treatise on the Gods collects Mencken's scathing commentary on religion.

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