The Curator of the H. L. Mencken Collection at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Fitzpatrick received his B.A. in English at the University of Virginia and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is the compiler of the second supplement to _H.L.M.: The Mencken Bibliography_ (1986), author of _H. L. Mencken_ (1989. 2004), co-author of _The Complete Sentence Workout Book_ (1991, 2003), co-editor of _Thirty-Five Years of Newspaper Work: A Memoir by H. L. Mencken_ (1994), and author of _Gerald W. Johnson: From Southern Liberal to National Conscience_ (2002). The Johnson biography received the Frank Luther Mott/Kappa Tau Alpha Award (2003).