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(Biography) H(enry) L(ouis). 1880–1956, US journalist and literary critic, noted for The American Language (1919): editor of the Smart Set and the American Mercury, which he founded (1924)
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(ˈmɛŋ kən)

H(enry) L(ouis), 1880–1956, U.S. editor.
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Arguably, Mencken was the most influential American pundit of the first half of the so-called American Century.
Mencken remarks on his own good fortune, noting that there is nothing in his life, had he to live it over, he would have changed.
Mencken Club conference, where Beattie spoke on a panel alongside Peter Brimelow.
A modern newspaper columnist writing in Mencken's gleeful style, with its joyful savagery, its jocose sesquipedalianism, its sheer delight in the American language, would be met with astonished horror on the order of Henry James watching a Sam Kinison video or Robby Mook meeting a man who owns a pickup truck.
Mencken's words have never been more true: "Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under." This is no way to run a country.
JEREMY Paxman quoted one of his heroes, the late American journalist Henry Louis Mencken, in Panorama - Paxman On Trump Vs Clinton: Divided America (BBC1, Monday).
The American writer HL Mencken was wrong about a lot of things but was dead right with this: "When somebody says it's not about the money, it's about the money."
Mencken's reputation as the "bad boy" of Baltimore might earn him membership in the ranks of intellectuals who advocated a brave new world to replace the timid old one.
Mencken reported on the "monkey trial" and Faulkner, on his European tramp at the time, sent Mencken a pseudonymous, probably tongue-in-cheek, inquiry about a poem he might write (16-17).
L." Mencken (September 12, 1880--January 29, 1956) was an American journalist, essayist, magazine editor, satirist, critic of American life and culture, and scholar of American English.
Mencken occupies a unique if ironic place in the history of Friedrich Nietzsche's American reception.