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Q: What is UNZ.org?

A: The UNZ.org website is intended to provide convenient access to a large quantity of high-quality content material, mostly published over the last 150 years in America and England, including both articles and books, encompassing over one million readable items and titles of another million items not readable due to copyright. Much of this material has never previously been available anywhere on the Internet and should be useful for researchers and intellectual historians.

Q: Why do you include non-readable articles and books?

A: The inclusion of the copyright-excluded material allows users to examine a more nearly complete collection of a given author's writings, even if many of the particular items themselves are currently unavailable due to copyright. If necessary, many of these other items can often be accessed and read on other websites or content systems, especially in the case of extent publications. Furthermore, there is a chance that at some future point these publications will be released for reading on this website as well.

Q: The website seems very different than when I previously visited. What's the story?

A: The current Version 2.0 release of UNZ.org incorporates major design changes from the previous version, but nearly all of the same underlying printed content is still available. Given the relatively slight use of the previous links to external videos and webzines, these portions have been removed, thereby streamlining access to the printed materials which constitute the main value of the system. Another major change has been the widespread use of Javascript, rendering most of the pages "reactive" as you begin entering information.

Q: How do I find a given author or publication?

A: Most of the main pages of the website contain one or more "Reactive Clouds," with the names of various authors or publications. Javascript functions cause these Clouds to "react" and change the displayed information as you begin typing in the entry boxes. For example, as you enter the first few letters of an author's name on the Home page, the Clouds adjust to display only those authors whose names begin with those letters. Similar adjustments occur as you start typing in a particular decade or year, or if you select one of the drop-down settings or other filter. This allows you to quickly focus in on the individuals you are seeking based on your particular criteria.

At any point, the relative size of the names in a given Cloud indicates the volume of underlying content material associated with that name. Meanwhile, the color indicates what fraction of the content material is readable (for copyright reasons): bright blue indicates mostly readable, dark blue indicates partly readable, and black means mostly unreadable

Q: How do I find a given article or book?

A: The main Articles and Books pages, as well as the Overview tabs for individual authors or publications, display a Listing of articles (or books) towards the bottom of the page. Like the Clouds, these Listings are "reactive" and automatically adjust as you being typing in any of the information in the various data entry fields---Title, Author, Publication, or Period, displaying only those items that match your selection.

Q: What about the individual publications?

A: When you reach the pages associated with a given publication, you can examine the contents in a number of different ways, accessed via the different tabs. The default Overview tab gives you the Cloud of authors for that publication plus the Listing of individual articles, with both of these being "reactive" as you provide information in the Title, Author, or Period fields.

There are also several other tabs. The Tree tab displays a dynamic tree allowing the individual time periods, issues, and articles to be opened for greate detail. The Year Contents tab displays the tables of contents for all the issues of a given year, the Issues, Small Covers, and Large Covers tabs display those views of the contents for a given decade, and the All Years tab provides an overview of the entire archive of the periodical. In addition, the drop down field in the control bar may be used to explore the different periods. All these pages allow for convenient browsing of the contents of a given periodical and clicking on any of the individual links accessing more detailed information.

Q: How does Searching work?

A: As mentioned above, much of the exploration of the website contents is normally performed by browsing the various different pages or entering information into the various text fields and having the displayed information automatically adjust. Actual Searches are performed in a parallel manner, by entering the target information into the data fields and then pressing the Search button (or simply hitting Enter). The system then performs a Search across the selected Text, Title, Author, and other information and displays the findings in a new Search Results tab.

Searches may be performed on any of these individual pages, or on the Power Search page, which allows for more detailed Searches across all content material.
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The American Mercury Archives
Title Author Period Text
Type? Genre/Topic? Subtitles?
The Library
  • [+]
    The Philosophy of "As If", by Hans Vaihinger
    1. The Philosophy of "As If" by Hans Vaihinger
    The American Mercury
    , October 1924, pp. 253-254 - PDF
    1. [–] Issues of the 1920s
      = 6 Years, 72 Issues, 2,358 Articles
      1. [–] Issues of 1924
        = 12 Issues, 321 Articles
        1. [+] January 1924 Issue
          = 30 Articles
          1. [+] February 1924 Issue
            = 29 Articles
            1. [+] March 1924 Issue
              = 26 Articles
              1. [+] April 1924 Issue
                = 27 Articles
                1. [+] May 1924 Issue
                  = 27 Articles
                  1. [+] June 1924 Issue
                    = 26 Articles
                    1. [+] July 1924 Issue
                      = 24 Articles
                      1. [+] August 1924 Issue
                        = 25 Articles
                        1. [+] September 1924 Issue
                          = 26 Articles
                          1. [–] October 1924 Issue
                            = 28 Articles
                            1. Arsenals of Hatred by Duncan Aikman, pp. 129-136 - PDF
                            2. Notes of an Amateur Father by Chester T. Crowell, pp. 137-142 - PDF
                            3. The King of Loafers by William Feather, pp. 143-148 - PDF
                            4. Masterpiece by Robert B. Garey, pp. 149-154 - PDF
                            5. Editorial, pp. 155-159 - PDF
                            6. The Yankee in Paris by Vincent O'Sullivan, pp. 160-162 - PDF
                            7. The Question of Racial Purity by Franz Boas, pp. 163-169 - PDF
                            8. Americana, pp. 170-174 - PDF
                            9. Why Men Leave Kansas by Charles B. Driscoll, pp. 175-178 - PDF
                            10. The Dilemma of the Negro by W.E. Burghardt DuBois, pp. 179-185 - PDF
                            11. Walt Whitman on Himself, pp. 186-192 - PDF
                            12. Clinical Notes by George Jean Nathan and H.L. Mencken, pp. 193-198 - PDF
                            13. Government by Yokel by Orville A. Welsh, pp. 199-205 - PDF
                            14. On Literary Groups by Maxwell Bodenheim, pp. 206-207 - PDF
                            15. The Advantage of Senator La Follette by Alexander Harvey, pp. 208-209 - PDF
                            16. Birth Control: An Unsolved Problem by Morris Fishbein, pp. 210-212 - PDF
                            17. The Sentimentalist by Ben Hecht, pp. 213-216 - PDF
                            18. Devastated Regions by Lewis Mumford, pp. 217-220 - PDF
                            19. Highway Personages by Isaac R. Pennypacker, pp. 221-225 - PDF
                            20. Wells of Correct Thought by Bruce Gould, pp. 226-232 - PDF
                            21. Notes on the Vernacular by Louise Pound, pp. 233-237 - PDF
                            22. The Railroads on the Griddle by Richard Hoadley Tingley, pp. 238-243 - PDF
                            23. The Theatre by George Jean Nathan, pp. 244-249 - PDF
                            24. [+] Heretics by H.L. Mencken, pp. 250-251 - PDF
                              - 2 Reviews
                              1. Altgeld of Illinois by Waldo R. Browne
                              2. The Last of the Heretics by Algernon Sidney Crapsey
                            25. [+] Hornswoggling the Rabble by H.L. Mencken, p. 252 - PDF
                              - 2 Reviews
                              1. Behind the Scenes in Politics by Anonymous
                              2. Die Kunst Der Massenbeeinflussung in den Vereinigtenstaaten von Amerika by Friedrich Schoenemann
                            26. [–] Philosophers as Liars by H.L. Mencken, pp. 253-254 - PDF
                              - 1 Review
                              1. The Philosophy of "As If" by Hans Vaihinger
                            27. [+] Brief Notes by H.L. Mencken, p. 255 - PDF
                              - 6 Reviews
                              1. Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw
                              2. Re-Creating Human Nature by Charles W. Hayward
                              3. Roosevelt, Prophet of Unity by Hermann Hagedorn
                              4. Nosography by Knud H. Faber
                              5. Evolution: The Way of Man by Vernon L. Kellogg
                              6. The Real John Burroughs by William Sloane Kennedy
                            28. The American Mercury Authors, pp. 256-274 - PDF
                              1. Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw
                              2. Re-Creating Human Nature by Charles W. Hayward
                              3. Roosevelt, Prophet of Unity by Hermann Hagedorn
                              4. Nosography by Knud H. Faber
                              5. Evolution: The Way of Man by Vernon L. Kellogg
                              6. The Real John Burroughs by William Sloane Kennedy
                          2. [+] November 1924 Issue
                            = 27 Articles
                            1. [+] December 1924 Issue
                              = 26 Articles
                            2. [+] Issues of 1925
                              = 12 Issues, 376 Articles
                              1. [+] Issues of 1926
                                = 12 Issues, 373 Articles
                                1. [+] Issues of 1927
                                  = 12 Issues, 418 Articles
                                  1. [+] Issues of 1928
                                    = 12 Issues, 431 Articles
                                    1. [+] Issues of 1929
                                      = 12 Issues, 439 Articles
                                    2. [+] Issues of the 1930s
                                      = 10 Years, 120 Issues, 3,476 Articles
                                      1. [+] Issues of the 1940s
                                        = 10 Years, 120 Issues, 3,183 Articles
                                        1. [+] Issues of the 1950s
                                          = 10 Years, 117 Issues, 3,611 Articles
                                          1. [+] Issues of the 1960s
                                            = 1 Year, 12 Issues, 439 Articles