BEGGARS OF LIFE JIM TULLY PDF

Biography[ edit ] Born near St. Marys, Ohio to James Dennis and Bridget Marie Lawler Tully, an Irish immigrant ditch-digger and his wife, Tully enjoyed a relatively happy but impoverished childhood until the death of his mother in Unable to care for him, his father sent him to an orphanage in Cincinnati. He remained there for six years. What further education he acquired came in the hobo camps, boxcars, railroad yards, and public libraries scattered across the country. Finally, weary of the road, he arrived in Kent, Ohio , where he worked as a chain maker, professional boxer, and tree surgeon.

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A literary blog by Brian A. Now some of the fog around Jim Tully seems to be lifting. Some of his books are coming back into print in handsome editions with forewords by the likes of Harvey Pekar and John Sayles, and they can be purchased at Amazon. Older editions are also available at reasonable prices from online booksellers.

An episodic, first-person account of life on the rails in the early years of the 20th century, the book is a valuable portrait of a lost American subculture and an invaluable record of its language.

In the discussion of jockers and punks, Tully goes about as far as he can, given the censorship of the day, toward the delineation of a little-known but not uncommon form of same-sex relationship inside the early 20th-century hobo subculture. While he does score the occasional pointed epigram a lawyer is described as "more polished And for a guy with a hardboiled reputation, he can write pretty flabbily at times.

Here are two consecutive paragraphs that exemplify Tully, fat and lean: I lived much among the women of looser sex in my youth because I was able to obtain a certain amount of understanding from them, and as understanding is near to sympathy, the latter also.

Rabbit Town was that section of St. It consisted of some frame houses furnished with tawdry attempts at finery. Edna lived in one of these houses. These consecutive paragraphs sound as though they were written by different writers. 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 direct as the frame houses it describes.

The second paragraph was written by the Tully who can be mentioned in the same breath as Hammett, Chandler and Cain, if not Hemingway. And it must be said that even at his worst here, Tully is a better writer than Theodore Dreiser. There are good things in Beggars of Life, enough to make it worth reading, but I ended the book wishing it had been better written and constructed.

Beggars of Life is not a great or even a very good book overall, but it is a damn interesting one. Posted by.

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A literary blog by Brian A. Now some of the fog around Jim Tully seems to be lifting. Some of his books are coming back into print in handsome editions with forewords by the likes of Harvey Pekar and John Sayles, and they can be purchased at Amazon. Older editions are also available at reasonable prices from online booksellers.

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