Heathen Days, 1890-1936

Heathen Days, 1890-1936

by H. L. Mencken


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Heathen Days, 1890-1936 by H. L. Mencken

In the third volume of his autobiography, H. L. Mencken looks back on his life and declares it "very busy and excessively pleasant." He imparts the impressive education he received from Hoggie Unglebower, the best dog trainer in Christendom, and the survival techniques he employed at Baltimore Polytechnic, where he learned to protect his fingers from power tools and his character from the influence of algebra.

Mencken also describes the club boxing matches he attended, watching as the combatants in this gentleman's sport genteelly broke both bones and the law. And he recounts his voyage across the Atlantic that he, unlike Columbus, paid for himself. In Naples, he admired the garbage that seemed to have accumulated since Roman times. In Tunis, he searched for the ruins of Carthage. In the Holy Land, he looked for the ruins of Gomorrah, the Hollywood of antiquity, in hopes of finding evidence that the city's unparalleled reputation for wickedness was simply exaggerated.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801853395
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 07/28/1996
Series: Maryland Paperback Bookshelf Series
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

H. L. Mencken was born in Baltimore in 1880 and remained a lifelong resident. Opinionated and controversial, his column for the Baltimore Sun earned him a national reputation. He died in 1956.

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