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`BALTIMORE SAGE’ HENRY MENCKEN CRITICIZED SOCIETY AT LARGE BUT OFFERED ENCOURAGEMENT TO OTHER WRITERS

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Henry Louis Mencken was a widely followed columnist and critic-at-large for decades before his death in 1956. Variously known as "the Bad Boy of Baltimore" and "the Baltimore Sage," he was one of the most read and talked about commentators in America.

Mencken encouraged such writers as Sinclair Lewis, Sherwood Anderson and Theodore Dreiser, while in his own work critiquing society at large (including the American public, which he called the "booboisie") with an often acerbic, satirical style.