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Decade 1930s Archives
H.L. Mencken -
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  • Author: H.L. Mencken

    Total Archives: 542 Items - 69 Books, 5 Chapters, 85 Articles, 1 Poem, 382 Reviews
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    1. The Library 
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      (2 Reviews)
      Liberalism in the South, by Virginius Dabney
      1. Liberalism in the South by Virginius Dabney
      2. Research Barriers in the South by Wilson Gee
      The American Mercury
      , February 1933, pp. 251-252 - PDF
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      (Review)
      A Thesaurus of Slang, by Howard N. Rose
      1. A Thesaurus of Slang by Howard N. Rose
      The Nation
      , September 19, 1934, p. 331
    3. The Library 
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      (Review)
      Eugene V. Debs: A Man Unafraid, by McAlister Coleman
      1. Eugene V. Debs: A Man Unafraid by McAlister Coleman
      The American Mercury
      , August 1930, p. 507 - PDF
    4. The Library 
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      (2 Reviews)
      The Outlook for Literature, by Ashley Horace Thorndike
      1. The Outlook for Literature by Ashley Horace Thorndike
      2. American Literature as an Expression of the National Mind by Russell Blankenship
      The American Mercury
      , December 1931, pp. 507-508 - PDF
      1. The Outlook for Literature by Ashley Horace Thorndike
      2. American Literature as an Expression of the National Mind by Russell Blankenship
      The American Mercury
      , October 1938, pp. 182-193 - PDF
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      (Review)
      The Boston Cooking-School Cookbook, by Fannie Merritt Farmer
      1. The Boston Cooking-School Cookbook by Fannie Merritt Farmer
      The American Mercury
      , December 1930, p. 508 - PDF
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      (Review)
      The Adams Family, by James Truslow Adams
      1. The Adams Family by James Truslow Adams
      The Nation
      , July 16, 1930, p. 70
      1. The Adams Family by James Truslow Adams
      The American Mercury
      , February 1937, pp. 129-136 - PDF
    7. [+]
      (3 Reviews)
      The True Story of Bernarr Macfadden, by Fulton Oursler
      1. The True Story of Bernarr Macfadden by Fulton Oursler
      2. Bernarr Macfadden: A Study in Success by Clement Wood
      3. Chats With the Macfadden Family by Grace Perkins
      The American Mercury
      , May 1930, p. 124 - PDF
    8. [+]
      (Review)
      "Copy!", by Donald D. Hoover
      1. "Copy!" by Donald D. Hoover
      The American Mercury
      , October 1931, pp. 254-255 - PDF
    9. [+]
      (Review)
      Government of the People, by D.W. Brogan
      1. Government of the People by D.W. Brogan
      The Nation
      , October 25, 1933, p. 487
    10. The Library 
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      (15 Reviews)
      John Brown: The Making of a Martyr, by Robert Penn Warren
      1. John Brown: The Making of a Martyr by Robert Penn Warren
      2. Thomas Jefferson: The Apostle of Americanism by Gilbert Chinard
      3. The Peerless Leader: William Jennings Bryan by Paxton Hibben
      4. Abraham Lincoln: The Politician and the Man by Raymond Holden
      5. Lincoln and His Wife's Home Town by William H. Townsend
      6. Jefferson Davis: His Rise And Fall by Allen Tate
      7. The Raven by Marquis James
      8. George Harvey by George Fletcher Johnson
      9. Emma Willard: Daughter of Democracy by Alma Lutz
      10. Commodore David Porter, 1780-1843 by Archibald Douglas Turnbull
      11. Up to Now: An Autobiography by Alfred E. Smith
      12. Johns Hopkins: A Silhouette by Helen Hopkins Thom
      13. The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge by Calvin Coolidge
      14. Hanna by Thomas Beer
      15. George Washington by Shelby Little
      The American Mercury
      , January 1930, pp. 122-124 - PDF
    11. The Library 
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      (Review)
      Art in Industry, by Charles R. Richards
      1. Art in Industry by Charles R. Richards
      The American Mercury
      , March 1930, p. 380 - PDF
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      (Review)
      Modern Typography and Layout, by Douglas C. McMurtrie
      1. Modern Typography and Layout by Douglas C. McMurtrie
      The American Mercury
      , February 1930, pp. 252-253 - PDF
    13. The Library 
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      (Review)
      Stalin, by Isaac Don Levine
      1. Stalin by Isaac Don Levine
      The American Mercury
      , August 1931, pp. 506-507 - PDF
    14. The Library 
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      (Review)
      Sherman: Fighting Prophet, by Lloyd Lewis
      1. Sherman: Fighting Prophet by Lloyd Lewis
      The American Mercury
      , March 1933, pp. 379-381 - PDF
    15. The Library 
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      (Review)
      Houdini and Conan Doyle, by Bernard M.L. Ernst and Hereward Carri...
      1. Houdini and Conan Doyle by Bernard M.L. Ernst and Hereward Carri...
      The American Mercury
      , June 1932, pp. 250-253 - PDF
    16. The Library 
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      (Review)
      Ambrose Bierce: A Biography, by Carey McWilliams
      1. Ambrose Bierce: A Biography by Carey McWilliams
      The American Mercury
      , February 1930, p. 251 - PDF
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      (4 Reviews)
      The Art of Drinking, by Dexter Mason
      1. The Art of Drinking by Dexter Mason
      2. The Future of Drinking by Gilbert Seldes
      3. A Book of Wines Other Than French by P. Morton Shand
      4. The Noble Experiments: Series III by Norman Anthony
      The American Mercury
      , October 1930, pp. 252-254 - PDF
    18. A Symposium
      1. The Art of Drinking by Dexter Mason
      2. The Future of Drinking by Gilbert Seldes
      3. A Book of Wines Other Than French by P. Morton Shand
      4. The Noble Experiments: Series III by Norman Anthony
      The Nation
      , November 8, 1933, pp. 536-537