New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1943. First edition. A superior copy of Guthrie's iconic book. A Nearly Fine copy in like dust jacket. Spine gilt a bit dulled (as usual) and a small bookseller's ticket on the rear paste-down. In a Near Fine dust jacket with bright, unfaded colors and just trivial wear (and small chips) at the spine ends. Extremely uncommon in this condition.
Woody Guthrie’s rollicking semi-autobiographical account of his life as a wayward hobo, culminating in the beginning of his musical career. The idea for the book was suggested to Guthrie by Alan Lomax, who had read a lot of Guthrie’s unpublished writing and thought he had a real verve for storytelling. Another friend of Guthrie’s, the dancer Marjorie Mazia, helped edit the work for him up until its publication. The book was adapted into a Hal Ashby film in 1976, which starred David Carradine and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture – and would win one for Best Cinematography. “His book is an eloquent piece of writing, wild as a train whistle in the mountains, a scrumptious picture of fighting, carousing, singing, laughing migratory America…” (Contemporary New York Times review) Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #2140)