Beggars Of Life: A Hobo Autobiography

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A bestseller in 1924, this vivid piece of outlaw history has inexplicably faded from the public consciousness. Jim Tully takes us across the seamy underbelly of pre-WWI America on freight trains, and inside hobo jungles and brothels while narrowly averting railroad bulls (cops) and wardens of order.

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Written with unflinching honesty and insight, BEGGARS OF LIFE follows Tully from his first ride at age 13, choosing life on the road over a deadening job, through his teenage years of learning the ropes of the rails and living one meal to the next.

Tully's direct, confrontational approach helped shape the hard-boiled school of writing, and later immeasurably influenced the noir genre. BEGGARS OF LIFE was the first in Tully's 5 volume memoir, dubbed the 'Underworld Edition,' recalling his transformation from road-kid to novelist, journalist, Hollywood columnist, chain maker, boxer, circus handyman, and tree surgeon.

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Author Jim Tully
Publisher AK Press
Page Count 256pp
Publication Size 6 x 8.75
Publication Notes Softcover
Publication Date November 1, 2003
ISBN 978-1902593784

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