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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. 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 I somewhat warmed to his character in the last 10 pages or so Memoirs or at least proper memoirs of the traditional style are a bit of a mystery to me I simply haven t read many or any that I recall previously And perhaps that is a fault of mine not of Mencken sRegardless it was a worthwhile book If one can digest Mencken s race related language and his perspectives about all things in general in the context of his era rather than in the context of our own then one can perhaps get beyond a reflex of offense to instead get an inside view to the author s time and of the Balti in particular of that time In that way the book offers something worthwhile And besides books and authors must be tried just like foods I won t likely taste this author again but I m still glad I tried it because whether or not I prefer a food or author or not does not change the fact that it s objectively interesting Crap what was I getting at

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Happy Days Mencken's Autobiography 1880 1892 Bumcombe Collection

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. 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 nineteen nineties it is replete with jaw dropping statements about race and other races in the form of both the expected prejudices as well as one or two intimations of a jarring broad mindedness This made the book difficult to appreciate objectively and generally added to the feeling that while a first class writer HL Mencken would probably be an insupportable bore if you were to be stuck in an elevator with his resurrected soul That and he is clearly a blowhard But a self aware one with a well developed sense of humor philosophy and psychology to make him very enjoyable company when you as the reader get to dictate the length of your encounters

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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. 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 was rather skinny but toward the end of my twenties my cross section again became a circle and at thirty I was taking one of the first anti fat cures and beating it by sly resorts to malt liuorOn his father s who owned a cigar factory professional palaver They fell to talking of the illustrious personages they were constantly meeting in Washington Senators who had not been sober for a generation Congressmen who fought bartenders and kicked the windows out of night hacks Admirals in the Navy who were reputed to be four five and even six bottle men Justices of the Supreme and other high courts who were said to live on whiskey and chewing tobacco aloneThese uotations capture the spirit of Happy Days cynical and critical but pleasantly entertained by the faults of the world It s a deeply conservative mindset HLM critiues not because he wishes to revise the world but because there is so much entertainment in doing so The pleasure in reading Happy Days is only alloyed by his treatment of blacks While I wouldn t expect Mencken to be politically correct or even generous it is fair to expect him to have been as critical and clear eyed towards racial stereotypes as he was towards most things Afterall Mencken did famously excoriate the Klan when it surged in the twenties He was not a standard issue bigot Instead Happy Days freuent accounts of young HLM s black acuaintances do little to rise above pernicious southern tropesI read this one in the Library of America s collection of HLM s memoires which includes his appendecized revisions Days Revisisted Days Revisited is probably only reuired for the completist who needs a list of every one of HLM s childhood neighbors and the history of their progeny eg but it is a useful account of which of HLM s relatives he believed were stupid nincompoops idiotic etc


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 the Colonial

  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 nineteen nineties it is replete with jaw dropping statements about race and other races in the form of both the expected prejudices as well as one or two intimations of a jarring broad mindedness This made th

  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 you know Mencken from his journalism you’ll expect explosive prose and robust misanthropy but you’l

  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 un

  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

  7. says:

    I felt little sympathy if that'

  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 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. 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 Balti The pages turn themselves and the events and people are described