H.L. Mencken
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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.

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.

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.

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.

​> "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."

H.L Mencken admired George Bernard Shaw (1905) and Friedrich Nietzsche (1908) and even had studies published on them.

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.

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