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H.L. Mencken Letters

J. Edgar and Louis S. Monroe Library, Loyola University New Orleans

2013



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was encoding in EAD by Archon Sandbox 3.21 from a PDF finding aid 2013-06-21.
Language: Description is in English.

Overview of the Collection

Repository: Loyola University (New Orleans, La.)
Monroe Library
6363 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: 504-864-7111
Email: archives@loyno.edu
Creator: Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956.
Title: H.L. Mencken Letters
Inclusive Dates: 1927-1956
Quantity: 0.3 linear ft.
AbstractLetters by H.L. Mencken or by his secretary, Rosalind C. Lohrfinck, to journalist Lou Wylie.
Collection No.6

Arrangement of Materials:

Chronological arrangement.

Scope and Contents

Letters by Mencken or by his secretary, Rosalind C. Lohrfinck, to Lou Wylie. Wylie was a journalist and publicist who had literary ambitions. In 1927, when she was a writer for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, she submitted a poem to the American Mercury, which Mencken then edited.  He responded that her poem had been accepted, and thus began a correspondence that lasted until 1948 when he was disabled by a cerebral thrombosis; thereafter, Lohrfinck maintained the correspondence in Mencken's name until he died in 1956.  Mencken's letters were typically brief notes in which he encouraged Wylie's literary efforts; inquired about John McClure, a Times-Picayune editor and poet who had been a founder of The Double Dealer, a New Orleans-based literary magazine; and commented on topics as varied as publishing, literature, politics, religion, and his own health.  Sixty-three letters have survived, forty-nine written by Mencken between 1927 and 1948 and fourteen written by Lohrfinck between 1947 and 1956.


Administrative History:

Born in Baltimore in 1880, writer H.L. Mencken became one of the nation's leading journalists and literary critics.  He began his career as a newspaperman in Baltimore.  Subsequently he became editor of the Smart Set and then editor of The American Mercury.  He also wrote many books, including the notable study, The American Language. Mencken died in 1956 in Baltimore.

Lou Wylie was a reporter and feature writer on New Orleans's leading newspaper, the Times-Picayune.


Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Correspondence
Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956.
Authors, American

Restrictions

Access Restriction

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission must be obtained from Special Collections & Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item], H.L. Mencken Letters, Collection 06, Special Collections & Archives, J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library, Loyola University, New Orleans.


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