H.L. Mencken and the American Mercury Adventure

H.L. Mencken and the American Mercury Adventure

H.L. Mencken and the American Mercury Adventure

H.L. Mencken and the American Mercury Adventure

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There is a superabundance of material for a documented account of H. L. Mencken's editorship of the American Mercury, and this fortunate state of affairs is partly the result of efforts by H. L. Mencken himself. His diligence in assembling and prefacing, during the late thirties and early forties, scores of beautifully bound documents, puts interested researchers in Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library greatly in his debt. I am grateful to Mr. Richard Hart, Head of the Literature and Language Division of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, for arranging my visits to the H. L. Mencken Collection. Mr. Hart's assistant, Betty Adler, has my thanks for unearthing Menckeniana which I might otherwise have overlooked, including Mrs. Rosalind Lohrfinck's "Notes for an H. L. Mencken Bibliography," a useful 1957 compilation which includes a listing of the many pseudonyms under which Mencken wrote during his early years of journalism. Other valuable sources in the Enoch Pratt Mencken Collection are "Clinical Notes . . . The American Mercury, 1924-25," "The American Mercury Miscellanea, 1923-1933," "Editorials . . . The American Mercury," 3 vols., "Book Reviews . . . American Mercury," 5 vols., "Letters to Philip Goodman, 1918-1933," 3 vols., "Publisher's Royalty Statements: H. L. Mencken: 1916-1941," "the 'Hatrack' Case, 1926-1927; The American Mercury vs. The New England Watch and Ward Society, The Postmaster-General of the United States, et al.," 8 vols.

I wish to thank Mr. Robert W. Hill, Keeper of Manuscripts in the New York Public Library, for allowing me to . . .

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