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H.L. Mencken
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Definition influential U.S. journalist and literary critic (1880-1956)
  • H.L. Mencken was called the "Sage of Baltimore".
  • I came finally to the editorial page and saw an article dealing with one H. L. Mencken.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Through Uncle Harold I first heard of H. L. Mencken.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • Years later, a Columbus newspaperman, on whose press our paper was printed, told me that H. L. Mencken had picked up this chirp out of me for The American Mercury as sample thinking from the Bible Belt.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer's Beginnings
  • But H. L. Mencken argued that American and British speech had evolved so differently that by the beginning of the twentieth century Americans had as reasonable a claim as the British to consider English their language.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Once that summer in Brooklyn, I pressed upon Sophie a volume of H. L. Mencken, who was then, as now, one of my infatuations, and I observe for what it is worth that she remarked that Mencken's scathing style reminded her of her father's.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • He ambled up to Verona's room, sat on her maidenly blue and white bed, humming and grunting in a solid-citizen manner as he examined her books: Conrad's "Rescue," a volume strangely named "Figures of Earth," poetry (quite irregular poetry, Babbitt thought) by Vachel Lindsay, and essays by H. L. Mencken—highly improper essays, making fun of the church and all the decencies.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Now, what were the names of books written by H. L. Mencken?
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • You mean to tell me you never heard of H. L. Mencken?
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • A book by H. L. Mencken.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Who's H. L. Mencken?
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • H. L. Mencken.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • To me he was the man playing Parcheesi and drinking cocoa in a two-room flat so close to H. L. Mencken, the man who infected me with the notion that there might be worse things to do with life than spend it in telling tales.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up

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