H. L. Mencken

1880 - 1956

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Henry Louis Mencken (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956) was an American journalist, essayist, satirist, cultural critic, and scholar of American English. He commented widely on the social scene, literature, music, prominent politicians, and contemporary movements. His satirical reporting on the Scopes Trial, which he dubbed the "Monkey Trial", also gained him attention. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of H. L. Mencken has received more than 2,644,838 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). H. L. Mencken is the 670th most popular writer (up from 673rd in 2019), the 703rd most popular biography from United States (up from 753rd in 2019) and the 70th most popular American Writer.

H. L. Mencken is most famous for his work as a journalist, essayist, and critic.

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Notable Works

A book of prefaces
American literature
In defense of women
The American Language
The philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche
Business & Economics
An in-depth, single-volume resource on current standards, research, practice, and education in the field Organizations worldwide are experiencing increased pressure from investors, lawmakers, and regulators to improve their corporate governance, business sustainability and corporate culture. The profit -with-purpose concept is gaining momentum in the business and investment communities in promoting creation of shared value for all stakeholders. Corporations are expected to generate required financial returns for shareholders and have desired social and environmental impacts while conducting their business ethically. Additionally, the social, ethical, and environmental performance of corporations are subject to intense scrutiny in today’s business environment. More than ever before, society is holding public companies accountable for their business activities and their financial reporting process. As colleges and universities continue to develop relevant curriculum, the importance of ethical conduct, business sustainability, and corporate governance is receiving increased attention from the general public, regulators, accounting professionals, and academics. Business Sustainability, Corporate Governance, and Organizational Ethics is a contemporary examination of emerging educational topics that continue to gain acceptance in business schools around the globe in training and preparing the most ethical and competent future business leaders. Divided into four modules, this authoritative book first covers three introductory chapters. The second module presents business sustainability, sustainability principles, theories, standards as well as sustainability factors of performance in all five economic, governance, social, ethical and environmental dimensions, sustainability reporting and assurance, sustainability risk assessment, and sustainability research and education. The third module explores corporate governance—including its oversight, managerial, compliance, advisory, auditing, and monitoring functions—and discusses its integration with accounting research and business curricula. The importance of business, professional, and workplace ethics, and corporate culture is illustrated in the book’s final module. Reflecting the most current information in the field, this book: Addresses the latest revisions to the AACSB Accreditation Standards Discusses the role business schools play in providing coverage of business sustainability, corporate governance and organizational ethics education Covers five dimensions of business sustainability performance: economic, governance, social, ethics, and environmental (EGSEE) and sustainability reporting and assurance Provides a framework for discussing important functions of corporate governance such as oversight, managerial, compliance, auditing, advisory and monitoring Discusses current trends in organizational ethics research and education Business Sustainability, Corporate Governance, and Organizational Ethics is an important resource for business students, financial, managerial accounting and auditing students, corporations and their directors and executives, regulators, researchers, and those in relevant areas of academia.
Happy days, 1880-1892


Among writers, H. L. Mencken ranks 670 out of 7,302Before him are Ivan Goncharov, Irwin Shaw, Eduardo Galeano, Sugawara no Michizane, Theodore the Studite, and Matilde Camus. After him are Carlo Gozzi, Douglas Adams, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lawrence Durrell, Marie de France, and Maurice Blanchot.

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Among people born in 1880, H. L. Mencken ranks 24Before him are Premchand, Wilhelm List, Elton Mayo, Paul Ehrenfest, Max Wertheimer, and Otto Weininger. After him are Vajiravudh, Bruno Taut, Alexander Blok, Kuniaki Koiso, Vojtech Tuka, and Milan Rastislav Štefánik. Among people deceased in 1956, H. L. Mencken ranks 21Before him are Risto Ryti, Alfred Kinsey, Konstantin Päts, Alexander Rodchenko, Bela Lugosi, and Reinhold Glière. After him are Josef Hoffmann, Kenji Mizoguchi, Bolesław Bierut, Anastasio Somoza García, Wilhelm Miklas, and Joseph Wirth.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, H. L. Mencken ranks 703 out of 20,380Before him are Murray Rothbard (1926), Anne Bancroft (1931), Cyndi Lauper (1953), Floyd Mayweather Jr. (1977), Hattie McDaniel (1893), and Kevin Bacon (1958). After him are Sally Field (1946), Harold Urey (1893), Billie Jean King (1943), John McCarthy (1927), Nat King Cole (1919), and Lee Marvin (1924).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, H. L. Mencken ranks 70Before him are Michael Crichton (1942), Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811), Harper Lee (1926), Ursula K. Le Guin (1929), Washington Irving (1783), and Irwin Shaw (1913). After him are Truman Capote (1924), Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867), Jack Vance (1916), Louise Hay (1926), Dalton Trumbo (1905), and William Saroyan (1908).