Item #68961 Typed Letter Signed. H. L. MENCKEN.
Typed Letter Signed

Typed Letter Signed by H.L. Mencken Addressed to Attorney and Writer Sigmund Zeisler.

Typed Letter Signed.

New York, 1925.

New York: 1925.

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MENCKEN, H.L.. Typed Letter Signed (H.L. Mencken) New York: May 13th [C.a.1925].

Typed letter signed by H.L. Mencken addressed to Mr. Zeisler. One octavo sheet (8 3/8 x 5 1/2 inches; 213 x 140 mm). Blue letterhead paper for the periodical "The American Mercury." Typed letter on recto, blank verso. Two horizontal creases, as usual for a letter. Bottom corner slightly creased. Some very light toning to edges. Overall about fine.

"May 13th Dear Mr. Zeisler:-

I have read this article with immense interest and return it with the greatest regret. It is a valuable contribution to history, and it ought to be printed, but as it stands it is far too long for use as a magazine article, and I see no way to cut it without greatly damaging it. To print it in two instalments would spoil its effect. So I am forced to lose the privilege of printing it. My best thanks for your thoughts of The American Mercury. Sincerely yours, H.L. Mencken"

"H.L. Mencken [was a] controversialist, humorous journalist, and pungent critic of American life who powerfully influenced U.S. fiction through the 1920s... He became a reporter for the Baltimore Morning Herald in 1899 and in 1906 joined the staff of the Baltimore Sun, where he worked at intervals throughout most of his life. From 1914 to 1923 he coedited (with George Jean Nathan) The Smart Set, a witty urban magazine influential in the growth of American literature, and in 1924 he and Nathan founded the American Mercury, which Mencken edited until 1933. Mencken was probably the most influential American literary critic in the 1920s, and he often used his criticism as a point of departure to jab at various American social and cultural weaknesses." (Brittanica).

"Sigmund Zeisler was born in Bielitz, Austrian Silesia in 1860. He emigrated to Chicago in 1883, and in 1884 earned his LLB at Northwestern University, after which he practiced law in Chicago until his retirement. In 1885 he married Fannie Bloomfield, the successful concert pianist. Associate counsel for the defense in Anarchist cases, 1886-1887, [The Haymarket Affair]. Zeisler was a liberal and active member of many associations including the American Anti-Imperialist League, the Municipal Voters' League, and the Civil Service Reform Association. Besides being a writer and popular lecturer on legal topics, Zeisler was also associated with a number of Chicago social clubs such as the Chicago Literary Club, The Little Room, Book and Play and the Cliff Dwellers." (The Newberry Library).

HBS 68961.


Price: $400.00

Item #68961

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