H. L. Mencken

H. L. Mencken was an American journalist, essayist, satirist, cultural critic, 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 20th century.


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  1. 1. The American Language

    This book is a comprehensive study of the English language as it is spoken in the United States. It explores the unique linguistic characteristics, pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar that distinguish American English from British English. The author also delves into the influences of other languages on American English, the evolution of American slang, and the regional dialects across the United States, providing a detailed and insightful analysis of the American language.

    The 1843rd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Prejudices

    "Prejudices" is a collection of essays that offers a critical and humorous look at American culture and society in the early 20th century. The author provides biting commentary on a variety of topics, including literature, politics, and the arts, while also offering his own unconventional and often controversial viewpoints. The book is known for its satirical style and its critique of American life and values.

    The 2457th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Mencken Chrestomathy

    This book is a compilation of the author's best and most representative writings, meticulously selected by the author himself. It covers a wide range of topics, including social issues, literature, and politics, offering a unique and insightful perspective on American culture. The author's sharp wit, sarcasm, and insightful critiques of society's follies and absurdities make this book a fascinating read.

    The 3490th Greatest Book of All Time