Re: RARA-AVIS: Tough Guy Writers of the Thirties: Crider

From: Ray Skirsky (
Date: 10 May 2002

At 06:20 PM 5/10/2002 -0400, you wrote:

>Great point, Mario. The first time I recall reading a sympathetic and
>realistic viewpoint of being down and out, it was Dos Passos. Well, there
>was _Black Beauty,_ but horses don't count here, I suppose.

My two real-life favorite descriptions of being down and out are

"People of the Abyss", by Jack London. It was his experiences in Victorian London's East End that converted Jack from a rugged individualist into an ardent socialist. This book was published around 1902.

"Down and Out in Paris and London", by George Orwell. The easier read of the two, with the side effect that the lyrics of Jethro Tull's "Aqualung" now make sense. I believe this book was published in the '30s.


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