Re: RARA-AVIS: Hobo Lit

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 02 Nov 2002

Richard wrote:
> Jim Tully's BEGGARS OF LIFE is one of the best accounts of life on the
> A key London book is his THE ROAD (1907). The collection JACK LONDON ON
> ROAD edited by Richard W. Etulain (Utah State University Press 1979)
> together all of London's other Hobo pieces as well as his tramp diary from
> his 1894 trek across the country.
> Also recommended is THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A SUPER-TRAMP (1917) by William
> Davies ...
> I also admire Charles Willeford's I WAS LOOKING FOR A STREET but I recall
> Mike read this last year and thought it rather trifling.

*************** I didn't know about London's hobo travels. Thanks for the heads-up on that. Etulain's London collection and Tully's BEGGARS sounds good. I think I'll see if I can find them. I read a little on the net about Tully and it looks like he was quite a character. If I like them, I'll look at Davies's SUPER-TRAMP.

And you recall correctly my feeling about Willeford's LOOKING FOR A STREET. But the only other Willeford I had read was BURNT ORANGE HERESY, and I was expecting something as wickedly insightful and eye- opening as this, and I just didn't find that in his first autobiography.


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