A major literary event Mencken s dazzling autobiography, with 200 pages of his own never before published commentary and photos In 1936, at the age of fifty five, H L Mencken published a reminiscence about his boyhood in The New Yorker, beginning a long and magnificent adventure in autobiography by America s greatest journalist Mencken went on to gather his childhoodA major literary event Mencken s dazzling autobiography, with 200 pages of his own never before published commentary and photos In 1936, at the age of fifty five, H L Mencken published a reminiscence about his boyhood in The New Yorker, beginning a long and magnificent adventure in autobiography by America s greatest journalist Mencken went on to gather his childhood recollections in Happy Days 1940 , a richly detailed, poignant account of growing up in Balti A critical and popular success, the book surprised many with its glimpses of a less curmudgeonly Mencken, and there soon followed the absorbing sequels Newspaper Days 1941 , charting his rise at the Balti Herald from cub reporter to editor, and Heathen Days 1943 , recounting his varied excursions as journalist and public figure, including his coverage of the Scopes trial in 1925 But unknown to the legions of Days books admirers, Mencken continued to add to them after publication, annotating and expanding each volume in typescripts sealed to the public for twenty five years after his death Until now, most of this material often frank and unvarnished than the original Days books has never been published Containing nearly 200 pages of previously unseen writing, and illustrated with photographs from Mencken s archives, many taken by Mencken himself, this expanded and definitive edition of the Days trilogy is a cause for celebration.
The Days Trilogy A major literary event Mencken s dazzling autobiography with pages of his own never before published commentary and photos In at the age of fifty five H L Mencken published a reminiscence
What began as a retrospective series of charming stories about growing up in 1880s Balti over time turned into three volumes of experiences through the eyes of a newspaperman turned cultural critic and cheeky participant in human affairs You can hear echoes of modern outlooks, how urban Balti was on fast decline, that government is a runaway train, some things never change I appreciated hearing his experience with the introduction of syndicated comic strips for the Sunday pages, the great Balti [...]
Even on his best behavior, Mencken was the antithesis of today s earnest, pseudo objective journalistic ideal Pick a page from Mencken at random, and you re likely to find a line that s quotable, funny, and, to the modern sensibility, offensive One of my favorites is the epitaph that the great agnostic wrote for himself If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl Imagine a journalism professor t [...]
Anyone interested in Henry Louis Mencken and or the history of America Rest In Peace should read this, although it is not as intellectual, incendiary, political, or uproarious as his typical material Marion Elizabeth Rodgers did a remarkable job of editing and annotating this discursive material If pedagogy weren t the puerile racket that it is, as Mencken himself would say, Mencken would still be a household name like Twain.Update November 13, 2017 The above was written on or around November 9, [...]
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