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H. L. (HENRY LOUIS) MENCKEN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/03/1929 - HFSID 174580

Praising a poem by a Mr. Marsh and requesting he send another to be published in The American Mercury Typed Letter Signed: "HL Mencken", 1p, 8½x5½. Baltimore, Maryland, 1929 July 3. On personal letterhead to Mr. Thone.

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H.L. MENCKEN
Praising a poem by a Mr. Marsh and requesting he send another to be published in The American Mercury
Typed Letter Signed: "HL Mencken", 1p, 8½x5½. Baltimore, Maryland, 1929 July 3. On personal letterhead to Mr. Thone. In full: "My best thanks for the poem by young Mr. Marsh. It seems to me that he has the gift and I am inviting him to do another ode to Hoover for The American Mercury". American literary critic, humorous journalist and essayist Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) gained national recognition as the reigning critic of manners and politics from the mid-1920s. He helped launch the careers of Theodore Dreiser and Sinclair Lewis and published manuscripts by Eugene O'Neill and Dorothy Parker. Mencken, who had co-founded and edited "American Mercury" from 1923-1933, he also contributed to such publications as the Baltimore Sun, The Smart Set, Chicago Tribune, New York American and Evening Mail. He was known for his critical ideas on Democracy, fundamental Christianity and The American South. Mencken openly attacked ignorance, intolerance and frauds. He recommended Ayn Rand's first novel We the Living for publication and she listed him as her favorite columnist. In 1919 he wrote The American Language a study of how the English language is spoken in the United States. In 1940, he began his autobiographical trilogy with Happy Days. Vertical folds, none touch signature. Fine condition.

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