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    H.L. Mencken Archive of Ten Typed Letters Signed "H.L. Mencken", along with additional materials. A group of ten letters, ranging 1 to 2 pages, 8.5" x 5.5", Baltimore; dating from November 14, 1944 to April 1, 1946. All of the letters are typed on Mencken's personal letterhead and addressed to Isaac Edgar Clark, concerning Clark's manuscript, "An Analysis of Ring Lardner's American Language: or Who Learnt You Grammar Bud?" Ring Lardner (1885-1933) was a famous American sports journalist and short story author, known for his satirical style. Over the course of their correspondence, Mencken suggests numerous publishers who might be interested in publishing Clark's work, including Maxwell E. Perkins of Scribner, Joseph A. Brandt at the University of Chicago Press, and Henry Holt & Co. in New York. All of the letters are signed in ink, and a few have emendations to the typed text in Mencken's hand. All letters come with their original transmittal covers.

    Accompanying the letters are ten replying letters from Clark to Mencken. All measure 8.5" x 11" and are typed on onion skin paper. There are also two letters to Clark from Mencken's secretary, Rosalind C. Lohrfinck. Dated February 23 and March 3, 1955, the letters simply request Clark's date of birth to update Mencken's records.

    Finally, there is an H.L. Mencken Signed Designations for Colored Folk. Baltimore: Columbia University Press, October 1944. A reprint from American Speech, p. 161-174. Mencken has signed on the front page: "I.E. Clark this trifle. H.L. Mencken 1944."

    A prolific writer known as the "Sage of Baltimore," Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) was an American journalist, satirical essayist, and American English scholar. His fame grew with his reporting on the Scopes Trial, which he is credited with naming the "Monkey Trial."

    Condition: All of the letters have flattened mail folds, with usual wear to the envelopes. Light uneven toning to the first page of the signed pamphlet. Bold signatures to all.


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