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Autobiography of a Super-tramp (Library of Wales)

Autobiography of a Super-tramp (Library of Wales) [Kindle Edition]

William H. Davies , Dai Smith
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'I have read it through from beginning to end, and would have read more of it had there been any more to read.' --George Bernard Shaw

'He found the people generous and the climate pleasant; he considers the United States an ideal place for tramps.' --The New York Times

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William Henry Davies was born in a pub and learnt early in life to rely on his wits and his fists—and to drink. Around the turn of the century, when he was twenty-two, his restless spirit of adventure led him to set off for America, and he worked around the country taking casual jobs where he could, thieving and begging where he couldn’t. His experiences were richly coloured by the bullies, tricksters, and fellow-adventurers he encountered. He was thrown into prison in Michigan, beaten up in New Orleans, witnessed a lynching in Tennessee, and got drunk pretty well everywhere. When George Bernard Shaw first read the Autobiography in manuscript, he was stunned by the raw power of its unvarnished narrative. It was his enthusiasm, expressed in the Preface, that ensured the initial success of a book now regarded as a classic.. With a foreword by broadcaster and foreign correspondent, Trevor Fishlock, this Library of Wales edition also includes the original preface by George Bernard Shaw, who was instrumental in the book’s first publication.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 461 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Parthian Books (1 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E2581IM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Risky travel on the cheap in the US 18 Sep 2013
By James
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It encapsulated a period in travel on the cheap in US and Canada at the beginning of 20th Century, As does a similar book by Jack London who also travelled as a hobo.

Struck a cord with me. I hitchhiked 11000 miles around US and Canada in 1953. How things had changed, and some stayed the same in some respects.

Like other books like Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck and many novels by Upton Sinclair it gave an insight into harsh and deprived society in the development of North America. This Is in danger of being forgotten by present day viewers of American society,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really pretty good 23 Mar 2014
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This is a reminiscence of life on the road. There's no sex and no violence and very little trauma of any kind. Mainly British good humor and some fine phrasemaking. I didn't finish it but I read a great deal of it as a dozing off book.
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