H.L. Mencken material

H.L. Mencken material

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: H.L. Mencken material
Dates: undated
Quantity: 0.2 Linear feet (1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms2614

Biographical/Historical Note

H. L. Mencken, author, editor, and journalist, was born Henry Louis Mencken in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of August Mencken, a cigar manufacturer, and Anna Abhau. Having emigrated from Germany during the mid-nineteenth century, the Menckens and Abhaus had quickly adapted to life in the United States, and they provided a home more Victorian than German-American for their four children. Henry Mencken, the eldest, did attend a private German school for his earliest education, but he completed his formal education at Baltimore Polytechnic, a high school primarily responsible for producing engineers and technicians. Within two weeks of his father's death Mencken had applied for a position on the Baltimore Herald, and within three months he was a cub reporter. Thus began a meteoric rise to police and city hall reporter, city editor, managing editor, and, at age twenty-five, editor of the Herald. In 1906 he took a position as Sunday editor of the Baltimore Sun, and soon he gained local fame as a columnist and editorial writer. Meanwhile, Mencken contributed poetry and stories to national magazines and at age twenty-two published a volume of poetry, Ventures into Verse (1903). That volume was inconsequential, but two other works published within the next five years were to gain recognition and praise. George Bernard Shaw: His Plays (1905) and The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (1908) launched Mencken as literary and social critic and intellectual historian. American National Biography Online. http://www.anb.org/articles/16/16-01120.html?a=1&f=mencken,%20h.%20l.&ia=-at&ib=-bib&d=10&ss=0&q=1 (Retrieved 8/17/2009)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of drafts for articles, clippings and several pieces of correspondence, all related to Mencken.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Authors, American--20th century.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Mencken, H. L., (Henry Louis), 1880-1956

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

H. L. Mencken material. MS 2614. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: Henry L. Mencken letters.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11-10Articles, clippings, correspondence