H.L. Mencken
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Biography
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​Henry Louis Mencken, more commonly known as H.L. Mencken, was born on September 12, 1880 (died on January 29, 1956) in Baltimore Maryland.

Education:
He was privately educated and graduated from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute at the age of 16. From there, Mencken became a reporter for the Baltimore Herald, then the city editor, and quickly the editor in full for the newspaper.

Profession:
H.L. Mencken was the most distinguished newspaperman, book reviewer, political commenter, and overall critic, in his day. Mencken's original and crisp-style of writing displayed his obvious passion and joy he took in his work. He was also a libertarian, and a man who wasn't afraid to say what was on his mind. Though many condemed him as a racist and anti-Semite (or someone against those Jewish), Mencken had quite a bit to say about the American culture and a country as a whole and made sure the public could read about it.

Achievements:
Henry was also a tad wet, meaning that he was against the Prohibition act from start to finish. In addition to his love and constant habit to smoke cigars, paritally because his father owned a cigar manufacturing company, Mencken adored every and all alcohol beverage out there at the time. As a result H.L. coined the term "ombibulous" to describe his prejudice in favor of alcohol. As a critic of many subjects, Mencken was also successful in getting his opinions and educated thoughts out and open to the rest of the public and offered new ideas from a different perspective, regardless of how it would be taken.


Quotes:
​> "Dachshund - A half-a-dog-high and a dog-and-a-half long."
​> "Sunday - A day given over by Americans to wishing that they themselves were dead and in Heaven and that their neighbors were dead and in Hell."
>"I believe it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than to be ignorant."

​>"Nature abhors a moron."

Influences:
H.L Mencken admired George Bernard Shaw (1905) and Friedrich Nietzsche (1908) and even had studies published on them.
http://www.cooperativeindividualism.org/menckenbio.html


Comparison:
Peter Bagge is said to be a modern day comparison to H.L. Mencken becasue of the fact that he is a libertarian and exercises his freedom as speech similar to that of H.L.
http://highlowcomics.blogspot.com/2009/07/peter-bagge-modern-day-mencken.html



Works Cited:

http://www.io.com/~gibbonsb/mencken.html
http://www.io.com/gibbonsb/mencken/quotes.html
http://www.bookrags.com/biography/henry-louis-mencken/