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  • My Life as Author and Editorby H.L. Mencken

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 25.00

    H. L. Mencken stipulated that this memoir remain sealed in a vault for thirty-five years after his death. For good reason: My Life as Author and Editor is so telling and uproariously opinionated that is might have provoked a storm of libel suits. As he recounts his career as a critic, essayist, and editor of the ground-breaking magazine Smart Set... more...

  • Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzscheby H. L. Mencken

    See Sharp Press 2003; US$ 2.99

    The first book on Nietzsche ever to appear in English, this examination by legendary journalist H. L. Mencken is still one of the most enlightening. Mencken wrote this book while still in his 20s, but his penchant for thoroughness was evident even at that young age—in preparation for writing this book, he read Nietzsche's works in their entirety, mostly... more...

  • American Languageby H.L. Mencken

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 60.00

    The American Language , first published in 1919, is H. L. Mencken's book about the English language as spoken in the United States. Mencken was inspired by "the argot of the colored waiters" in Washington, as well as one of his favorite authors, Mark Twain, and his experiences on the streets of Baltimore. In 1902, Mencken remarked on the "queer... more...

  • American Language Supplement 1by H.L. Mencken

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 50.00

    Perhaps the first truly important book about the divergence of American English from its British roots, this survey of the language as it was spoken-and as it was changing-at the beginning of the 20th century comes via one of its most inveterate watchers, journalist, critic, and editor HENRY LOUIS MENCKEN (1880-1956).In this replica of the 1921 "revised... more...

  • Diary of H. L. Menckenby H.L. Mencken

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 16.95

    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... more...

  • Mencken Chrestomathyby H.L. Mencken

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 21.95

    Edited and annotated by H.L.M., this is a selection from his out-of-print writings. They come mostly from books—the six installments of the Prejudices series, A Book of Burlesques , In Defense of Women , Notes on Democracy , Making a President , A Book of Calumny , Treatise on Right and Wrong —but there are also magazine and newspaper pieces... more...

  • American Language Supplement 2by H.L. Mencken

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 50.00

    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... more...

  • Second Mencken Chrestomathyby H.L. Mencken

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 16.00

    Before there was any such thing as political correctness, H. L. Mencken was flouting it. He was also cheerfully deriding the precursors of family values and lambasting the guardians of public virtue. This historic new collection is further evidence that Mencken was our most astute, stylish, and biliously funny commentator on the eternal American... more...

  • Notes On Democracyby H.L. Mencken

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 12.95

    [Democracy] is, perhaps, the most charming form of government ever devised by man... It is based on propositions that are palpably not true and what is not true, as everyone knows, is always immensely more fascinating and satisfying to the vast majority of men than what is true... H.L. Mencken, America's greatest journalist and critic, wrote... more...

  • Happy Daysby H.L. Mencken

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 27.00

    Though best known for his caustic newspaper columns, H. L. Mencken's most enduring contribution to American literature may be his autobiographical writings, most of which first appeared in the New Yorker . In Happy Days , Mencken recalls memories of a safe and happy boyhood in the Baltimore of the 1880s and celebrates a way of life that he saw... more...