Writings of H.L. Mencken

Guests examined the life and career of journalist H. L. Mencken. He became a reporter for the Baltimore Morning Herald and later… read more

Guests examined the life and career of journalist H. L. Mencken. He became a reporter for the Baltimore Morning Herald and later joined the Baltimore Sun. He eventually became one of the most influential voices in American literature and was often critical of what he perceived as American weaknesses. He often railed against pretension, provincialism, prudery, organized religion, and the Middle Class. By the 1930s his opinions became increasingly conservative and sometimes reactionary. In The American Language, which was revised several times, he chronicled American expressions and idioms. 

The program was telecast from Union Square in Baltimore, the site of his family home. close

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*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Location:
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
First Aired:
Apr 7, 2002
Last Aired:
May 28, 2002

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  • Apr 07, 2002 | 3:01pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 08, 2002 | 5:53pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 12, 2002 | 8:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 13, 2002 | 2:24am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 28, 2002 | 5:39pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
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