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The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp is an autobiography published in by the Welsh poet and writer W. Davies — A large part of the book's subject matter describes the way of life of the tramp in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States in the final decade of the 19th century. George Bernard Shaw had become interested in Davies, a literary unknown at the time, and had agreed to write a preface for the book, largely through the concerted efforts of his wife Charlotte.
Davies was also to be given a say on the style of all illustrations, advertisement layouts and cover designs. The original publisher, Duckworth and Sonsrefused to accept these demands and so the book was placed instead with Fifield.
Shaw was also instrumental in keeping the unusual title of the book, Goodnight Sweetheart - Billy Vaughn And His Orchestra - Linger Awhile which Davies himself was unsure, and which later proved to be controversial with some reviewers. The edition of the book concludes with five poems selected by Davies from The Soul's Destroyer.
The book was written in the space of six weeks, "a great achievement for a first book by a man with the minimum of education. In April Parthian Books published a new edition of the novel featuring Bernard Shaw's original introduction; it is part of the Library of Wales series, a collection of Clochard - Toon Hermans - Herinneringen Aan writing from Wales in the English language, a joint initiative of the Welsh Assembly Government and a Welsh Books Council.
Following a delinquent childhood and youth, From Now On - Supertramp - The Autobiography Of Supertramp renounced his home and his apprenticeship with a frame-maker.
This was the first of more than a dozen Atlantic crossings, often made by working his passage aboard a cattle boat. Between and Davies travelled the highways and railroads, tutored by hardened men of the road. He took advantage of the corrupt system of "boodle jails" in order to pass the winter From Now On - Supertramp - The Autobiography Of Supertramp Michiganstaying in a series of different jails. These were jails in which a tramp could make an illicit arrangement with a law enforcement officer to stay in the jail without being an actual prisoner.
After crossing the Atlantic one last time, from Britain to Canada, at the time of the Klondike Gold RushDavies fell while hopping a train. His foot was crushed and his leg had to be amputated below the From Now On - Supertramp - The Autobiography Of Supertramp . He later wrote of the effect the accident had on his life: "All the wildness had been taken out of me and my adventures after this were not of my own seeking.
The book was praised by Osbert Sitwell for its "primitive splendour and directness", while Bernard Shaw himself commended the prose to "literary experts for its style alone", describing Davies as "the incorrigible Supertramp who wrote this amazing book. On the official website of the British progressive rock band Supertrampreviewer P. Robichaud credits Davies' book for the origin of the band's name. After his death, his life inspired the biography Into The Wild and the film of the same name.
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