Happy Days, 1880-1892

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Though best known for his caustic newspaper columns, H. L. Mencken's most enduring contribution to American literature may be his autobiographical writings, most of which first appeared in the New Yorker. In Happy Days, Mencken recalls memories of a safe and happy boyhood in the Baltimore of the 1880s and celebrates a way of life that he saw swiftly changing--from a time of straw hats and buggy rides to locomotives and bread lines.

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Overview

Though best known for his caustic newspaper columns, H. L. Mencken's most enduring contribution to American literature may be his autobiographical writings, most of which first appeared in the New Yorker. In Happy Days, Mencken recalls memories of a safe and happy boyhood in the Baltimore of the 1880s and celebrates a way of life that he saw swiftly changing--from a time of straw hats and buggy rides to locomotives and bread lines.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780394427676
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1981

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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.

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Table of Contents

Preface
I Introduction to the Universe 3
II The Caves of Learning 19
III Recollections of Academic Orgies 39
IV The Baltimore of the Eighties 54
V Rural Delights 74
VI The Head of the House 91
VII Memorials of Gormandizing 106
VIII The Training of a Gangster 119
IX Cops and Their Ways 143
X Larval Stage of a Bookworm 157
XI First Steps in Divinity 176
XII The Ruin of an Artist 189
XIII In the Footsteps of Gutenberg 202
XIV From the Records of an Athlete 218
XV The Capital of the Republic 232
XVI Recreations of a Reactionary 247
XVII Brief Gust of Glory 263
XVIII The Career of a Philosopher 277
XIX Innocence in a Wicked World 291
XX Strange Scenes and Far Places 301
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