RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled hoboes?

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 05 Sep 2006

Widmer, in his essay "The Way Out" in Madden's Tough Guy Writers of the Thirties, declares the hardboiled character to be a direct descendant of the hobo character. In the essay, he mentions the hobo's appearance in several early-1900s nonfiction literature. Have you read any hardboiled or noir literature with a hobo as a main character? What were they? What influence, if any, do you see the hobo image as having on the hardboiled character?


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