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One biography about H.L. Mencken written by Terry Teachout called The Skeptic. Two reviews:

As this century gets under way, it appears to me suddenly to leave the figure of Mencken decidedly shrunken and localized: a fate of which Terry Teachout seems queasily aware without being fully conscious of it.

Christopher Hitchens

There has never been another voice remotely like his in American journalism […] or, for that matter, anywhere else. If words did not exist to serve his purposes, he invented them, and as his delight grew ever greater at seeing the words flow out of his rickety typewriter and onto the page, he brought his prose itself to “the highest conceivable amperage.”

Jonathan Yardley

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