No Pie in the Sky: The Hobo As American Cultural Hero in the Works of Jack London, John Dos Passos and Jack Kerouac. Frederick Feied, Jack Kerouac.

No Pie in the Sky: The Hobo As American Cultural Hero in the Works of Jack London, John Dos Passos and Jack Kerouac

New York, NY: The Citadel Press, 1964. First Edition. Softcover. "Kerouac's wanderers are more difficult to classify. For one thing, the contemporary tramp or hobo is more likely to be found on the highway than on the railways...furthermore, Kerouac's migrant may be a young man from the middle class who sees life on the road as a form of rebellion against conformity and middle class mores. But...the fact remains that his characters identify psychologically with the older type of hobo; they consider themselves to be hoboes." (from author's introduction) An insightful study of the archetypal figure of the wandering hobo, as depicted in the works of quintessentially American writers John Dos Passos, Jack London & Jack Kerouac. In Kerouac's case, Feied particularly analyzes the modern hobo protagonists of his now-classic Beat Generation novels On the Road & The Dharma Bums. At the time this study was published (1964), Feied was a member of the faculty at Michigan State University. Softcover original, trade format with sewn binding, first edition as stated on copyright page. With front cover design by David November depicting the progression from hobo-to-hipster. A thoughtful work of Kerouac & American literary-cultural scholarship. In fine condition with only mild rubbing, scratching & a few tiny spots at front, esp. back covers & spine; mild wear, bumps & creases at edges & corners of same; light rubbing & browning at edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at corners of page leaves. Fine. [Item #3161]

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