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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.

Written with unflinching honesty and insight, Beggars of Life follows Tully from his first ride at age thirteen, 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.

Tullys 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 Tullys five-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.

Jim Tully (1891–1947) was a best-selling novelist and popular Hollywood journalist in the 1920s and 30s. Known as "Cincinnati Red" during his years as a road-kid, he counted prizefighter and publicist of Charlie Chaplin among his many jobs. He is considered (with Dashiel Hammett) one of the inventors of the hard-boiled style of American writing.

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Synopsis:

A bestseller in 1924, this vivid piece of outlaw history has inexplicably faded from the public consciousness. Jim Tully takes us through freight trains, hobo jungles and brothels while avoiding railroad cops and wardens of order. Beggars of Life was the first in Tully's five-volume memoir, recalling his transformation from road-kid to becoming a novelist, journalist, Hollywood columnist, chain maker, boxer, circus handyman, and tree surgeon.

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A young outlaw's adventures surviving the turn of the century underworld.

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Cultural Writing. Autobiography. First published in 1924, this book holds up remarkably well because Jim Tully was one of the founders of the spare, gritty, unsentimental style that became known as "hardboiled." BEGGARS OF LIFE chronicles Tully's life as a road-kid, tree surgeon, "library bum," boxer, chain maker, secretary to Charlie Chaplin, and finally, a feared and respected journalist in Hollywood. "Tully's portraits of the persons her meets vividly acquaint the reader with his characters. He writes keenly of what he has observed keenly, and his descriptions of long night rides on mail trains and the death of `Oklahoma Red' are little short of fascinating"--New York Times.

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The memoir of the publicist for Charlie Chaplain.

About the Author

Jim Tully (1891-1947) was a best-selling novelist and popular Hollywood journalist in the 1920s and 30s. Known as "Cincinnati Red"during his years as a road-kid, he counted prizefighter and publicist for Charlie Chaplin among his many jobs. He is considered (with Dashiel Hammett) one of the inventors of the hard-boiled school of American writing.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781902593784
Subtitle:
A Hobo Autobiography
Author:
Tully, Jim
Publisher:
AK Press
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Tramps
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
NABAT
Publication Date:
November 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in 10 oz

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Product details 256 pages AK Press - English 9781902593784 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A bestseller in 1924, this vivid piece of outlaw history has inexplicably faded from the public consciousness. Jim Tully takes us through freight trains, hobo jungles and brothels while avoiding railroad cops and wardens of order. Beggars of Life was the first in Tully's five-volume memoir, recalling his transformation from road-kid to becoming a novelist, journalist, Hollywood columnist, chain maker, boxer, circus handyman, and tree surgeon.
"Synopsis" by ,
A young outlaw's adventures surviving the turn of the century underworld.
"Synopsis" by , Cultural Writing. Autobiography. First published in 1924, this book holds up remarkably well because Jim Tully was one of the founders of the spare, gritty, unsentimental style that became known as "hardboiled." BEGGARS OF LIFE chronicles Tully's life as a road-kid, tree surgeon, "library bum," boxer, chain maker, secretary to Charlie Chaplin, and finally, a feared and respected journalist in Hollywood. "Tully's portraits of the persons her meets vividly acquaint the reader with his characters. He writes keenly of what he has observed keenly, and his descriptions of long night rides on mail trains and the death of `Oklahoma Red' are little short of fascinating"--New York Times.
"Synopsis" by , The memoir of the publicist for Charlie Chaplain.
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