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)
About the Author
Born in Baltimore in 1880, H. L. Mencken remained a lifelong resident and became one of the city's most famous sons. Ever home to controversy, his column for the Baltimore Sun earned him a national reputation. He died in his rowhouse on Union Square in 1956.