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With a style that combined biting sarcasm with the language of the free lunch counter Henry Louis Mencken shook politics and politicians for nearly half a century Now fifty years after Mencken’s death the Johns Ho. Great readingA man who knew what words meant describing scenes of his happy and prosperous childhood Told with wit and ironic nostalgia but most of all told with unblinking honestyFair Warning What will appall those who have not dipped before into the rich stream of benevolent racism that essentially defines American Letters from the Colonial Period straight through to the Civil Rights Era is how casually offensive racial and ethic tags are dropped into a story sprinkled in by the author like a cook adds salt to a dish Mencken was no saint he was solidly a man of the South writing to people who thought as he did and that populace was not going to gag on an offensive slang reference to a man s color indeed most humor in the 1920s REUIRED offensive racial caricatures I refuse to defend Mencken on this point and not just because I don t believe he would want me to Cynical humanism is woven tightly throughout Mencken s worldview and for a man so contemptuous of the Booboisee and their utter lack of self awareness this blind spot of his that allows him to denigrate the powerless can be extremely jarring It probably has a lot to do with why he is almost ignored today as a man of letters I will not defend Mencken but if there is any small grace to his approach to writing that might allow us to forgive him his slurs it is that like in early Twain he was an eual opportunity slanderer who loved and despised all humanity greatly and in eual measures Unlike Twain however Mencken never grew past the habit of seeing the other I have read too much literature from this period to continue to be shocked by the habits of a writer who died before casual racism became taboo So I like the book despite this massive flaw not because of it

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Happy Days Mencken's Autobiography 1880 1892 Bumcombe Collection

Pkins University Press announces The Buncombe Collection newly packaged editions of nine Mencken classics Happy Days Heathen Days Newspaper Days Prejudices Treatise on the Gods On Politics Thirty Five Years of Newsp. 449 stars First of three volumes of his memoirs This covers his childhood in Balti Very funny and lots of interesting information about life in the 19th Century

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Aper Work Minority Report and A Second Mencken ChrestomathyMost of these autobiographical writings first appeared in the New Yorker Here Mencken recalls memories of a safe and happy boyhood in the Balti of the 1880s. Believe it or not Mencken actually had a happy childhood and he records it here His humor is all there minus the biting criticism His vocabulary is amazing had to look up a lot of words but the way he puts words together is so delightfully creative it caused me to smile or laugh at nearly every page And it gives a very instructive picture of what growing up in nineteenth century Balti was like Delightful read


10 thoughts on “Happy Days Mencken's Autobiography 1880 1892 Bumcombe Collection

  1. says:

    Great readingA man who knew what words meant describing scenes of his happy and prosperous childhood Told with wit and ironic nostalgia but most of all told with unblinking honestyFair Warning What will appall those who have not dipped before into the rich stream of benevolent racism that essentially defines American Letters from t

  2. says:

    This is a pretty remarkable book particularly because it is presented as nothing than a rambling recollection loosely arranged into topical groupings Like most memoirs written by white men before say the eighteen or ninet

  3. says:

    The first installment of what became his Days trilogy Happy Days is Mencken’s memoir of his childhood in Balti during the 1880s and 90s If yo

  4. says:

    This is an amazing book about the life and times of HL Mencken in Balti during the 1880's Aspects of life and living that we do not know of or think of nowadays no phones no tv no automobilesno texting tweetingback when kids played outside until dark games that I had heard of and forgotten about it leap frog for instance He shared

  5. says:

    449 stars First of three volumes of his memoirs This covers his childhood in Balti Very funny and lots of interesting information about life in the 19th Century

  6. says:

    Mencken's childhood memories are wonderful for two chief reasons as excavations of the lost world of comfortable German American Baltians of the 1880s and for the incredible vigor that HLM got into his proseHLM is I think notable for his talent as a sentence crafter than to any claims to wisdom and we are treated to some beautiesOn his baby fat This adiposity passed off as I began to run about and from the age of six onward I wa

  7. says:

    I felt little sympathy if that's the word for our narrator throughout Or perhaps it was a lack of admiration Still the book felt complete and

  8. says:

    Finished it and loved it Not as densely written as Notes on Democracy so an easier lighter read Can't wait to see what unfolds I bought it used on line and turned out to be a first edition Unfortunately unsigned but nice to hold it It's in great condition for 73 years old A dazzling portrait of Balti seen through a young boy's eyes at the end of the 19th century Written like poetry

  9. says:

    Believe it or not Mencken actually had a happy childhood and he records it here His humor is all there minus the biting criticism His vocabula

  10. says:

    Absolutely delightful first volume of Mencken's autobiography A caustic wit never appeared in the history of American journalism This volume of the trilogy traces what can only be described as an idyllic childhood in late nineteenth century