Beggars of Life: A Hobo Autobiography
Albert & Charles Boni: New York, 1925
Blue cloth with gilt tiles on cover & spine. Very Good +. From the collection of Pulitzer Prize nominee and historian Gloria Grace Griffen. Withdrawn from the University of Nevada Gloria Grace Griffen Western American Collection, with a bookplate identifying as much adhered to front paste down.
Covers show light edgewear; pages are clean and binding sound.
From Tully’s biographers Bauer and Dawidziak: ‘The son of an Irish ditch-digger, Jim Tully (1886–1947) left his hometown of St. Marys, Ohio, in 1901, spending most of his teenage years in the company of hoboes. Drifting across the country as a “road kid,” he spent those years scrambling into boxcars, sleeping in hobo jungles, avoiding railroad cops, begging meals from back doors, and haunting public libraries. After six years on the road, he jumped off a railroad car in Kent, Ohio, with wild aspirations of becoming a writer. While chasing his dream, Tully worked as a chain maker, boxer, newspaper reporter, and tree surgeon. All the while he was crafting his memories of the road into a dark and astonishing chronicle of the American underclass.
After moving to Hollywood and working for Charlie Chaplin, Tully began to write a stream of critically acclaimed books mostly about his road years, including Beggars of Life, Circus Parade, Blood on the Moon, Shadows of Men, and Shanty Irish.’