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Happy Days: Mencken's Autobiography: 1880-1892 (Maryland Paperback Bookshelf) Paperback – August 28, 2006
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"A book to be read twice a year by young and old, as long as life lasts." -- Atlantic
"A chronicle of childhood for which truth and a sense of balance have long been clamoring. To say it is a readable book is an impertinence in the case of Mr. Mencken." -- New York Times
"Probably no man alive more guilelessly enjoys hearing himself talk on paper, or is better able to infect others with the pleasure, than Henry Louis Mencken... Good old Mencken bravura at its brassiest. For all its mannerisms and unsubtlties the Mencken vernacular is extraordinarily vigorous and fine." -- Time
"The basis of the book's delight is that the Baltimore of the days when Cleveland was president and soft crabs sold for two and a fraction cents a piece... is miraculously seen again through the eyes of a secure young savage of the more fortunate bourgeoisie." -- Saturday Review
"Happy Days enjoys a throne of honors atop that vaunted heap of letters... Gleeful, doxological passages on the glories of an uncomplicated young life crowd this first volume." -- Brendan O'Donnell, Ex Libris--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Henry Louis Mencken was born in Baltimore in 1880 and remained a lifelong resident. Opinionated and controversial, he wrote columns for the Baltimore Evening Sun that earned him a national reputation. He died in 1956.
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Top Customer Reviews
I heartily recommend this book to anyone. You will find a delightful read, which will leave beautiful memories of the author.
Bob Owens Oct.3, 2014
For all his fame as a writer and thinker I had expected at minimum an engaging book, if not greatly entertaining and insightful.
Sad to say I was really let down - somehow the humor wasn't very witty or humorous, the observations were rather bland, even his descriptions of his daily life weren't very interesting. Really I wonder how such an intelligent person failed to reveal those qualities in this book.