A Collection: Books, Creative Writing and Other Works
Early versions of his Books
These early versions exist in the form of manuscripts, typescripts, revised
typescripts, galley proofs, and page proofs.
Not all works survive in every state of publication but there is a wide
representation of H.L. Mencken’s thought as it moves toward a finished
- "The American Language" (20 volumes)
- Mencken’s Autobiographical Trilogy ("Days of Innocence")
- "Happy Days"
- "Newspaper Days" (3 volumes)
- "Heathen Days" - (3 volumes)
- "Heliogabalus" (3 volumes)
- A farce written by Mencken and George Jean Nathan that was published in 1920.
- "Menckeniana: A Schimpflexikon" (This title means “A Collection of
- With the help of the then Sara Haardt, Mencken collected this
book of criticisms against him. He made certain to include the most
- "Prejudices" Series (6 volumes and a Selected Prejudices)
- "Treatise on the Gods"
Mencken as a Creative Writer
As a young man, before deciding that his talent lay in prose
nonfiction, Mencken tried his hand at different kinds of writing, including an attempted novel set in Elizabethan England.
The A Collection contains volumes of manuscripts and published materials from Mencken’s time as a
short story writer, poet and dramatist.
- Short Stories – 1900-1906.
- Early Fiction Typescripts - 1889-1903.
- Published material in such magazines as Redbook Magazine, Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly, The Bookman, and Short Stories
- Poetry – 1895 – Manuscripts and published materials.
- Plays – “Attempts at Plays 1909-1920.”
Other Volumes of Significance
- “Radio Address 1933-1937”.
- Most of these were carried by the
National Broadcasting Corporation.
- “Miscellaneous Statements and Interviews 1924-1936”
- “Autobiographical Notes, 1925” and “Autobiographical Notes, 1941”
- “Translations 1920-1936.”
- Mencken explains in a prefatory note
dated 1937: “These translations are mainly magazine and newspaper
articles though a few extracts from my books are included. They
represent only a small proportion of the things actually translated. …A
great deal of my stuff has been translated into Spanish and published in
Latin America. …The German translations predominate.”
- "Miscellaneous Speeches 1913-1938."
- "Hoaxes" - This volume, given by his brother August, gathers many of the hoaxes that Mencken concocted.