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Years of My Youth
by William Dean Howells
Binding: Hardcover, Facsimile edition, 238 pages
Publisher: Ayer Co Pub
Weight: 0.6 pound
Dimension: H: 1 x L: 8.6 x W: 5.8 inches
ISBN 10: 0836956265
ISBN 13: 9780836956269
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: t of blissful living which they interrupted hold few or no records which I can allege in proof of my belief that I was then, above every other when, Joyful and free from blame. Throughout those years at Hamilton I think of my father as absorbed in the mechanical and intellectual work of his newspaper. My earliest sense of him relates him as much to the types and the press as to the table where he wrote his editorials amidst the talk of the printers, or of the politicians who came to discuss public affairs with him. From a quaint pride, he did not like his printer's craft to be called a trade; he contended that it was a profession; he was interested in it, as the expression of his taste, and the exercise of his ingenuity and invention, and he could supply many deficiencies in its means and processes. He cut fonts of large type for job work out of apple wood in default of box or olive; he even made the graver's tools for carving the letters. Nothing pleased him better than to contrive a thing out of something it was not meant for, as making a penknife blade out of an old razor, or the like. He could do almost anything with his ready hand and his ingenious brain, while I have never been able to do anything with mine but write a few score books. But as for the printer's craft with me, it was simply my joy and pride from the first things I knew of it. I know when I could not read, for I recall supplying the text from my imagination for the pictures I found in books, but I do not know when I could not set type. My first attempt at literature was not written, but put up in type, and printed off by me. My father praised it, and this made me so proud that I showedit to one of those eminent Whig politicians always haunting the office. He made no comment on it, but asked me if I cou...

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