AbstractsLanguage, Literature & Linguistics

The Literary Criticism of H. L. Mencken

by Stephen W. Sellers

Institution: North Texas State University
Year: 1970
Keywords: Mencken, H. L.; poetry; criticism
Record ID: 1510622
Full text PDF: http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc131345/


The thesis of this paper is that Mencken was a better critic than he is credited with being, that he was unusually discerning in his judgment of the fiction of his time, and that his criteria are clearly stated in various of his writings. It is conceded, however, that his taste in poetry was limited and that his contribution to dramatic criticism was not? greatly significant.