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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Parthian Books; Library of Wales edition (2 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908946075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908946072
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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W H Davies was born in 1871. He was unable to settle to regular work and spent a significant part of his life as a tramp, living in shelters and doss-houses in London, but began publishing his own poetry in 1905, and became a popular poet in his time and went on to mix with leading society figures. The principal themes in his work are the marvels of nature, observations about life's hardships, his own tramping adventures and the various characters he met. He is best known for his poem 'Leisure', with its opening lines 'What is this life if, full of care / We have no time to stand and stare'.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mickey on 18 Sept. 2013
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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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Absolutely wonderful, and charming. If you only ever read one autobiography I think this should be it. I don't know about the other editions but this "Library of Wales" one includes the brilliant original introduction from George Bernard Shaw which bumps a five-star book up to six.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Olle Jones on 30 April 2014
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W.H.Davies was born in Newport 60 years before I was. It is difficult to imagine a place more different than Newport now and the place in which he was born. My lifetime was very different from his although our lives overlapped. I remember tramps and pedlars. Now a grandson lives there in a high rise University student flat.
The autobiography highlights his life as a drifter in USA and Canada as well as UK.
He became a working class poet as well as a super-tramp.
How different was his background to that of Byron and the like.
A fascinating read .
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