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Road

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By: (1876-1916)

Jack London credited his skill of story-telling to the days he spent as a hobo learning to fabricate tales to get meals from sympathetic strangers. In The Road, he relates the tales and memories of his days on the hobo road, including how the hobos would elude train crews and his travels with Kelly’s Army.

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THE ROAD

by

JACK LONDON

(New York: Macmillan)

1907

TO

JOSIAH FLYNT

The Real Thing, Blowed in the Glass

CONTENTS

CONFESSION

HOLDING HER DOWN

PICTURES

"PINCHED"

THE PEN

HOBOES THAT PASS IN THE NIGHT

ROAD KIDS AND GAY CATS

TWO THOUSAND STIFFS

BULLS

"Speakin' in general, I 'ave tried 'em all, The 'appy roads that take you o'er the world. Speakin' in general, I 'ave found them good For such as cannot use one bed too long, But must get 'ence, the same as I 'ave done, An' go observin' matters till they die."

Sestina of the Tramp Royal

CONFESSION

There is a woman in the state of Nevada to whom I once lied continuously, consistently, and shamelessly, for the matter of a couple of hours. I don't want to apologize to her. Far be it from me. But I do want to explain. Unfortunately, I do not know her name, much less her present address. If her eyes should chance upon these lines, I hope she will write to me... Continue reading book >>


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