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The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp By W.H.Davies

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This is an autobiography that describes what it was like to be a tramp in the late 19th century in North America. From the preface: "I hasten to protest at the outset that I have no personal knowledge of the incorrigible Super-tramp who wrote this amazing book. If he is to be encouraged and approved, then British morality is a mockery, British respectability an imposture, and British industry a vice. Perhaps they are: I have always kept an open mind on the subject; but still one may ask some better ground for pitching them out of window than the caprice of a tramp. I hope these expressions will not excite unreasonable expectations of a thrilling realistic romance, or a scandalous chronicle, to follow. Mr. Davies' autobiography is not a bit sensational: it might be the Post Office Directory for the matter of that. A less simple minded supertramp would not have thought it worth writing at all; for it mentions nothing that might not have happened to any of us. As to scandal, I, though a most respectable author, have never written half so proper a book.


Jonathan Cape; 1944. Green cloth covered boards with title to spine in black letters. Slightly forward leaning. Dust cover yellowed and marked with small portions missing to top and bottom of spine. Pre-owned.  No ISBN.

The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp By W.H.Davies

SKU: 0102492
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