Sunday, June 3, 2012

H.L. Mencken's Forgotten Short Stories

I've read a good bit of H.L. Mencken's journalism over the years, and I have several of his books in my library, including his Newspaper Days, but I didn't know the great critic, editor and writer, known as the "Sage of Baltimore, wrote fiction.

Marion Elizabeth Rodgers at the Washington Times reviewed a collection of Menken's short stories.

Few People (save die-hard aficionados) would guess that the legendary critic and journalist Henry Louis Mencken once wrote fiction. Now Douglas Olson, a Mencken aficionado himself, has collected 17 short stories, published between 1900-1905, even unearthing one previously unrecorded by Mencken's expert bibliographer, Betty Adler.

You can read the rest of the review via the below link: 


  1. lachiedamn,

    No, I didn't serve on the USS Natick.

    I served on the other Navy tugboat, the USS Saugus, at the U.S. Navy nuclear submarine base at Holy Loch, Scotland in 1974 and 1975.