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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of H. L. Mencken has received more than 2,122,950 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). H. L. Mencken is the 908th most popular writer (down from 888th in 2019), the 990th most popular biography from United States (down from 965th in 2019) and the 104th most popular American Writer.

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

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Among writers, H. L. Mencken ranks 908 out of 5,794Before him are Stesichorus, Bettina von Arnim, Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen, Ahmed Deedat, B. Traven, and Karl Harrer. After him are Varlam Shalamov, Charles Maurras, Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff, Agathon, Joseph of Anchieta, and Veronica Franco.

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Among people born in 1880, H. L. Mencken ranks 28Before him are Bruno Taut, Max Wertheimer, Alexander Blok, Michel Fokine, Vajiravudh, and Kuniaki Koiso. After him are Milan Rastislav Štefánik, Andrei Bely, Álvaro Obregón, Paul Ehrenfest, Vojtech Tuka, and Mohammed Alim Khan. Among people deceased in 1956, H. L. Mencken ranks 25Before him are Risto Ryti, Émile Borel, A. A. Milne, Reinhold Glière, Josef Hoffmann, and Wilhelm Miklas. After him are Anastasio Somoza García, Alexander Dovzhenko, August Kubizek, Hiram Bingham III, Lyonel Feininger, and Elisabeth of Romania.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, H. L. Mencken ranks 990 out of 15,968Before him are Arthur Ashkin (1922), Sydney Chaplin (1926), Frances McDormand (1957), Dred Scott (1795), Arthur Leonard Schawlow (1921), and Christian B. Anfinsen (1916). After him are William Randolph Hearst (1863), Leo Fender (1909), Don Siegel (1912), Joanne Woodward (1930), Cole Porter (1891), and John Forsythe (1918).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, H. L. Mencken ranks 104Before him are James Jones (1921), John Updike (1932), Virginia Satir (1916), Richard Matheson (1926), Walter Lippmann (1889), and Jean Webster (1876). After him are Irving Stone (1903), Irwin Shaw (1913), Roger Zelazny (1937), Clifford D. Simak (1904), Jean M. Auel (1936), and Hunter S. Thompson (1937).