About the Author
Mencken became a reporter for the Baltimore Morning Herald in 1899; its city editor in 1903; and editor of the Evening Herald in 1905. He served on the staff of the Baltimore Sun from 1906 to 1910 and on that of the Evening Sun from 1910 to 1917 and again from 1920 to 1935. But he never ceased to be associated with the Sun papers, and was for many, many years a director for their publishers, The A.S. Abell Company. He became a literary critic of the Smart Set in 1908, and was its co-editor from 1914 to 1923. He was editor of the American Mercury from 1924 to 1933.
His published books included: Ventures into Verse (1903); George Bernard Shaw—His Plays (1905); The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzche (1908); The Artist (1912); A Book of Burlesques (1916); A Little Book in C Major (1916); A Book of Prefaces (1917); In Defense of Women (1917); Damn—a Book of Calumny (1917); The American Language (1919—4th revision, 1936); Supplement I (1945); Supplement II (1948); Prejudices—First Series (1919); Second Series (1920); Third Series (1922); Fourth Series (1924); Fifth Series (1926); Sixth Series (1927); Notes on Democracy (1926); Treatise on the Gods (1930); Making a President (1932); Treatise on Right and Wrong (1934); Happy Days (1940); Newspaper Days (1941); Heathen Days (1943); A Christmas Story (1946); A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949); Minority Report (1956); The Bathtub Hoax (1958); H.L. Mencken on Music (1961); and Letters of H.L. Mencken (1961). Mencken also edited several books; he selected and edited A New Dictionary of Quotations (1942).