Defense Date

1979

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Maurice Duke

Abstract

A major critic of H. L. Mencken and a co-worker of his on the Baltimore Sun have both theorized that Mencken was influenced by a little-remembered Texas iconoclast who was assassinated in 1898, William Cowper Brann. Investigation revealed that Brann and Mencken agreed on many topics such as Prohibition, politics and religion among others. Mencken's early style compares well with Brann's, and they shared many techniques and preferences for particular words standard in the debunker's vocabulary. Research revealed that Mencken even published an article in 1900, at the age of twenty, in the magazine that had formerly been published by Brann, Brann's Iconoclast. As Mencken matured, he moved away from some of the more obvious elements of the style which he shared with Brann. Included is a Brann bibliography.

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VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

7-7-2016

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