HL Mencken

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Birthday
12, 1880
Birthplace
Baltimore, MD
Death Date
Jan 29, 1956 (75)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
12, 1880
Birthplace
Baltimore, MD
Death Date
Jan 29, 1956 (75)

About

American author who wrote The American Language, a study of how the English language is spoken in the United States. As a journalist, he worked for The Baltimore Sun, The American Mercury, The Smart Set, and other prominent publications.

Before Fame

As a boy, he was profoundly interested in reading, as well as in photography and chemistry. He later attended the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, graduating as class valedictorian.

Trivia

He became known for his satirical newspaper articles on the famous Scopes trial and was the first to refer to the historical legal battle as "The Monkey Trial."

Family Life

He detailed his childhood as the son of Baltimore cigar factory owner, August Mencken, Sr., in his memoir, Happy Days. He married Sara Haardt in 1930.

Associated With

He admired Friedrich Nietsche.