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Guide to the Henry Louis Mencken papers, 1901-1921 and undated

Summary

Journalist, drama critic, and critic of American society, from Baltimore, Maryland. Magazine articles and newspaper clippings, mainly relating to international theater, chiefly dating from 1905 to 1912, collected by Mencken as drama critic for The Baltimore Herald and The Baltimore Sun. Includes drama reviews, articles about the lives and works of major and minor playwrights of the era, and literary criticism. Subjects include Gabriele D'Annunzio, Gerhart Hauptmann, Maurice Maeterlinck, Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, Edmund Rostand, George Bernard Shaw, and English, German, and Irish national theaters. Other items pertain to women's suffrage, censorship, and other social issues of the times.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.00886
Title
Henry Louis Mencken papers
Date
1901-1921 and undated
Creator
Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956
Extent
9 Linear Feet, 5,433 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

Magazine articles and newspaper clippings, mainly relating to world drama, chiefly dating from 1905 to 1912, collected by Mencken as drama critic for The Baltimore Herald and The Baltimore Sun. The folders are arranged by the last names of playwrights, but also includes subject files such as on the Comédie Française. Includes drama reviews, articles about the lives and works of major and minor playwrights of the era, and literary criticism. Subjects include Gabriele D'Annunzio, Gerhart Hauptmann, Maurice Maeterlinck, Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, Edmund Rostand, George Bernard Shaw, and the English, German, and Irish national theaters. Other items pertain to women's suffrage, censorship, and other social issues of the times.

The pictures, very few of which are actual photographs, are representations of certain playwrights. Other papers are composed of book orders and typed copies of columns to be printed, probably in the Sun. These papers usually relate to specific plays or are anecdotes concerning the plays, playwrights, and the stage. Throughout the collection, there are notes written in Mencken's hand.

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[Identification of item], Henry Louis Mencken Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Aakjaer, Jeppe--Bernhardt, Maurice
Box 1
Bernhardt, Sarah--Bynner, Witter
Box 2
Caffin, Charles H.--Crawford, Francis Marion
Box 3
DeCroisset, Francois--Dumas, Alexandre (1824-1895)
Box 4
DuMaurier, George--Fyles, Vanderheyden
Box 5
Galatorewsky, I.--Gunter, Archibald Clavoring
Box 6
Hackett, Walter--Hervieu, Paul
Box 7
Heyse, Paul Johann Ludwig--Johnson, Owen
Box 8
Johnston, Mary--Libin, B.
Box 9
Librettists--Maeterlinck, Maurice
Box 10
Mencken, Henry Louis
Box 10
Magre, Maurice--Moore, Augustus
Box 11
Moore, George--Porter, Eleanor (Hodgman)
Box 12
Porter, Oliver--Rostand, Edmond
Box 13
Rostand, Rosemonde--Shaw, Frances Wells
Box 14
Shaw, George Bernard
Box 15
Sheldon, H.S.--Tchekhoff, Anton
Box 16
Tempest, Marie--Vaughn, L.J.
Box 17
Vaun, Russell--Zollner, Marguerite
Box 18
Pictures and various other materials
Box 19
 


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Provenance

The Henry Louis Mencken papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1972; one item was added in 1974.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff

Encoded by Paula Jeannet and Willeke Sandler, June 2014

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: from 1972 and 1974