Jim Tully left his hometown of St. Marys, Ohio, in , spending most of his in his second book, Beggars of Life, an autobiographical novel published in Beggars of Life () is a Paramount film directed by William Wellman and starring Wallace The film is based on Outside Looking In, a stage play by Maxwell Anderson adapted from Jim Tully’s autobiographical book, Beggars of Life. Beggars Of Life is easily the greatest of hobo autobiographies. First published in , it holds up remarkably well because Jim Tully was one of the founders of.

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Beggars of Life

There are shining moments that breath with life for sure, but also many sluggish periods and dated prose. Kyng Crab rated it really liked it Sep 09, Beggars of Life was the first in Tully’s 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.

Heggars lives in liife United States, loves London and Paris, and enjoys the cheap objectivity of writing about himself in the third person.

Still, it is good prose and a good read. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. You have no items in your cart.

People he meets get into street fights, knife fights, and even die brutal death’s trying to get on the trains.

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Details Beggars Of Life is easily the greatest of hobo autobiographies. There are good things in Beggars of Lifeenough to make it worth reading, but I ended the book wishing it had been better written and constructed.

Beggars of Life : A Hobo Autobiography

Like On The Road? Today, only the silent version of Beggars of Life is known to survive. I tulky have an original version of this book!

Beggars of Life lobby card. Now some of the fog around Jim Tully seems to be lifting. Please consider visiting the AK Press website to learn more about the fundraiser to help them and their neighbors. The jin tells of his learning of the Hobo trade nim trails, the trials he must go through and the friends he makes with other Hobo’s, Tramps and Yeggs as he crosses from Cinncinati to Dakota to Chicago, DC, Boston, New Orleans and Texas before crossing to Los Angeles.

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Tully’s father was a ditch-digger, his mother died when he was very young, and he spent several years in an orphanage. Back to the book. Some of these items ship sooner than the others. I found the book really hard to get into, but that is more a simple beggsrs of personality differences, than of bad writing though. Louise BrooksKnopf, You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: The first is baggy, vague and circumlocutious it had to be vague, of course, given the censorship under which Tully wrote ; the second is as plain and jin as the frame houses it describes.


This was Paramount’s first feature with spoken dialogue and the first time Beery’s voice was recorded for a film, although Beery’s spoken dialogue was limited.

To ask other readers questions about Beggars of Lifeplease sign up. There’s some good anecdotal stories here but not much for plot; the chapters are snapshots of a life on the rods tied up in the end with a bit of socio-cultural commentary.

Beggars of Life by Jim Tully

A prominent American novelist and journalist from the s through the s and an acknowledged pioneer of the ‘ hardboiled ‘ school of American writing, Tully has become so obscure in the decades since his death that I, who grew up in the Ohio town named in the last word of the first chapter of Beggars of Lifeknew nothing about Tully until earlier this month. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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