HEATHEN DAYS.

(New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1943). 223 x 253 mm. (8 3/4 x 6"). 1 p. l., x, [iv], 299, [3] pp. FIRST EDITION.

Publisher's oatmeal colored buckram, blind-stamped red and blue. Without the dust jacket. With frontispiece portrait of the author. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on the front free endpaper. Buckram on corners just very slightly frayed, a touch of glue showing through at head of spine, top edge of text block with small water stains (but not affecting the pages themselves), overall a very good copy, contents entirely clean.

This is a very good copy of the third volume of H . L. Mencken's three volume memoir, signed by the author. Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) was an American journalist, scholar, and critic best known for his study of spoken English in the United States ("The American Language"), and for his work at the Herald and Baltimore Sun, including coverage of what he scathingly dubbed the Scopes "Monkey Trial." This third volume covers the years 1890-1936, covering "a wider range of time than either of its predecessors" and including "a serious of random reminiscences . . . at ages ranging from the agonies of nonage to the beginnings of senility." It was preceded by "Happy Days, 1880-1892" (1940) and "Newspaper Days, 1899–1906" (1941).
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