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The Days of H.L. Mencken: Three Volumes In One: Happy Days Newspaper Days Heathen Days Hardcover – January 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 925 pages
  • Publisher: Dorset; 1ST edition (1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880294175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880294171
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol Browning on May 6, 2013
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This was a highly enjoyable read. You don't necessarily think of Mencken as a particularly happy man since he can come off as sort of a curmudgeon in his writings , but clearly he felt he had a happy life. His reminiscences are suffused with good humor. And some of the funniest writing of his that I've read is in Heathen Days. I'm going to try to share this with friends, though I'm afraid they may find it a little esoteric.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lucian Endicott on September 6, 2009
One of my favorite books. It is three books in one of Mencken's memoirs. I re-read it regularly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RPSDEL on December 21, 2013
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The writing is, of course, wonderful. Mencken is the master of the metaphor and the sworn enemy of the cliche. But it's the softer side of Mencken which is the real treasure here. He takes the occasional swipe at incompetence or foolishness, but mostly this is a warm reminiscence.

Mencken grew up in a time of incredible social and industrial transformation. His recounting of his boyhood is interesting if only for revelation of how much change occurred in everyday life in a very short time period.
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My husband loved this book. He is sending copies for Christmas to all of his nieces and nephews! He is sending a great book review to his brother.
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