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The Road is an autobiographical memoir by Jack London, first published in 1907. It is London's account of his experiences as a hobo in the 1890s, during the worst economic depression the United States had experienced up to that time.[1] He describes his experiences hopping freight trains, "holding down" a train when the crew is trying to throw him off, begging for food and money, and making up extraordinary stories to fool the police. He also tells of the thirty days that he spent in the Erie County Penitentiary,...
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Overview

The Road is an autobiographical memoir by Jack London, first published in 1907. It is London's account of his experiences as a hobo in the 1890s, during the worst economic depression the United States had experienced up to that time.[1] He describes his experiences hopping freight trains, "holding down" a train when the crew is trying to throw him off, begging for food and money, and making up extraordinary stories to fool the police. He also tells of the thirty days that he spent in the Erie County Penitentiary, which he described as a place of "unprintable horrors," after being "pinched" (arrested) for vagrancy. In addition, he recounts his time with Kelly's Army, which he joined up with in Wyoming and remained with until its dissolution at the Mississippi River
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London hit the road long before Kerouac, hopping a train in 1894 at age 18 and traveling 10,000 miles as a hobo. He related his experiences in nine illustrated essays published in Cosmopolitan (not the one you're thinking of) between 1907 and 1908. This reprint is the inaugural volume in Rutgers's "Subterranean Lives" series, which will chronicle alternative looks at America. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598189728
  • Publisher: Alan Rodgers Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 124
  • Sales rank: 1,006,771
  • Product dimensions: 0.29 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack London (1876-1916) was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone. He is best remembered as the author of White Fang, Call of the Wild, set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories "To Build a Fire", "An Odyssey of the North", and "Love of Life". He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as "The Pearls of Parlay" and "The Heathen", and The Sea Wolf, of the San Francisco Bay area. London was a passionate advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers and wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics such as his dystopian novel, The Iron Heel and his non-fiction exposé, The People of the Abyss.
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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Quite brutal

    This was an excellent book about Jack London bumming it for a few years as a youth. No doubt that these experiences radicalized him for the rest of his life. However, it the book was quite brutal and explicit in descriptions of the violence and injustice he witnessed, and I did not finish reading it.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    really pretty cool

    I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading this at my age.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

    Absolutely love Jack London

    Humorous and entertaining accounts of Jack London's hobo-ing days. These stories are classics, and I highly recommend this book to anyone with a sense of adventure.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2010

    sucks ass

    sucks more ass

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Galadriel

    Waits for people to sign up xD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    A girl

    Walks in wearing armor that completely covers her body.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Legolas

    Mm hmm.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Lotr rp at

    Hobbler result one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Legolas shoots an arow at the necromancer

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Gandalf

    I'M GAY! YAAAAAY!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Necromancer to gandalf

    U r not the real gandalf from LOTR rp. Ask the real gandalf to join. (I know the real gandalf in rl) please dont be inappropriate and r u trying to join? *eyes starts to turn into fire and black mist rushes at u* <p> GOLLUM: hisses at you and pounces at u

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Necromancer/gollum

    Yes i finally did it! Rise blck riders! *9 nazgul rises up* Go scare people! <p> GOLLUM: ate a fish. Decides to go for a swim but didnt see the piranhas.....

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Galadriel

    Post the bios in result three, or whichever one is by Nicholas Sparks. You might have to scroll down a bit to find others bios.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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