The Diary of H.L. Mencken
Charles Fecher, editor of the controversial book The Diary of H.L. Mencken, discussed the life of H.L. Mencken and his work in publishing Mencken’s diary. A newspaper man, magazine editor, author, and critic, H.L. Mencken donated his personal writings to a Baltimore library upon his death in the 1950's, with the stipulation to make them publicly available after 25 years. Mencken’s anti-semitic statements contained in his diary created a controversy. The National Press Club debated whether to change the name of their library, named in his honor. “His style is utterly unique,. . . he wrote with a bludgeon,” states Fecher, who wrote an earlier biography on Mencken. The editor of The American Mercury, an influential magazine of the 1920's and 30's, Mencken remains as one of the most influential personalities in American journalism. close
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