The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp (Classic Reprint) Paperback – 4 Jun 2015
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Davies and Kerouac are so similar it s like they have had the same illness. !ey kept searching, longing, moving. . . !ey are mesmerising narrators. . . [Davies s] story has the tension and suspense of a man whose life and soul is in jeopardy.
"The Times" (London)"
"Davies and Kerouac are so similar it's like they have had the same illness. !ey kept searching, longing, moving. . . !ey are mesmerising narrators. . . [Davies's] story has the tension and suspense of a man whose life and soul is in jeopardy."
The Times (London) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
W. H. Davies (1871-1940) was a renowned Welsh poet, most famous for his poem Leisure (1911). He published his first book, The Soul's Destroyer and Other Poems in March 1905. He wrote few works of prose; Autobiography of a Super-Tramp (1908) is his most famous. He married in 1923 and his last place of residence was Nailsworth, Gloucestershire. In 1926 he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Wales. In 1938 a plaque in his honour was unveiled in Newport. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This book, long out of print, has now been reprinted on A4 size paper and in fairly large print. It is therefore particularly attractive for readers whose sight may not be as good as it was.
Taking to the road in late Victorian England, an age when people could, and did, starve to death was, to say the least, a difficult choice. Davies is thrown back on his own resourcefulness, the support of fellow tramps (who teach him essential begging and survival skills) and the charity of the general public. This spirit of charity seemed more evident in America and the contrast between the openness and abundance of life in North America and the condition of chronic want that pervaded England was particularly marked. No wonder people wanted to emigrate!
Davies himself came across as a remarkably enterprising and optimistic person. He makes the best of every situation and even the loss of one of his legs in a railroad accident doesn't really deter him. Davies quietly gives up on his dream of making it to the Klondike and returns to tramping in England. Here, he eventually makes a home, of sorts, for himself in a common lodging house and he begins hawking his self- published poems around London.
In writing this book Davies has recorded, at a time when working people had few opportunities to speak for themselves, the authentic voice of the Victorian poor.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews