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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the H. L. Mencken Letters, circa 1919-1946



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956
Title: H. L. Mencken Letters
Dates: circa 1919-1946
Abstract: Collection consists of six brief letters written by H. L. Mencken, American literary and social critic, journalist, editor, and author.
Accession No.: 2009-003
Extent: 6 letters
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

H. L. (Henry Louis) Mencken (1880-1956), American literary and social critic, journalist, editor, and author. Born in Baltimore, Mencken began his journalistic career in 1899 at the Baltimore Morning Herald. In 1906, he became an editor and columnist at the Baltimore Sun, and continued writing regularly for the newspaper until World War II. Mencken also co-edited the magazine Smart Set with George Jean Nathan from 1914 to 1923. They then founded another magazine, the American Mercury. Mencken was also an independent writer, best known for The American Language (1919), a guide to American idioms and expressions. He also wrote an autobiographical trilogy in the early 1940s, Happy Days (1940), Newspaper Days (1941), and Heathen Days (1943). Mencken died in his home in Baltimore in 1956.

Biographical note prepared from information found in the Biographical Dictionary of American Newspaper Columnists and World Authors, 1900-1950.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of six brief letters, circa 1919-1946, written by H. L. Mencken, regarding personal and business matters.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956 -- Correspondence.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

H. L. Mencken Letters, circa 1919-1946, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

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2.325/G139a Letters:
To Miss Helen Daly Johnston, July 16, 191[9?]
To Edmund R. Brown, The Four Seas Company, re. addresses of Henry Stephens and S. N. Behrman, July 29, 1920
To Mrs. Helen Johnston Leary, re. birthday card, October 8, 1926
To Miss May Greenwood, re. pamphlet on California names, March 18, 1946
To “Sullivan,” re. requested photograph, August 22, [year unknown]
To Mrs. Ball, September 23, [year unknown]

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