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Author: Tom Kromer
Publisher: New York : Hill & Wang, [1968, ©1935]
Series: American century series, AC89.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tom Kromer wrote one novel. This is it. It is an account of vagrant or hobo life during the nineteen-thirties. This work is a realistic account of life as a homeless man during the Great Depression. Straightforward, declarative sentences in the tough-guy argot of the time ("I admire that stiff. He has got the guts. He does not like parting with his dough") are characteristic of Kromer, as are spare descriptions of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Historical fiction
Autobiographical fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Kromer
OCLC Number: 438581
Notes: Autobiographical.
Description: 187 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: American century series, AC89.
Responsibility: Tom Kromer.

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Tom Kromer wrote one novel. This is it. It is an account of vagrant or hobo life during the nineteen-thirties. This work is a realistic account of life as a homeless man during the Great Depression. Straightforward, declarative sentences in the tough-guy argot of the time ("I admire that stiff. He has got the guts. He does not like parting with his dough") are characteristic of Kromer, as are spare descriptions of grim scenes ("When I look at these stiffs by the fire, I am looking at a graveyard. There is hardly room to move between the tombstones. ... The epitaphs are chiseled in sunken shadows on their cheeks"). The settings include rescue missions, flop houses, abandoned buildings and the sidewalk outside a nice restaurant. In one chapter, the narrator slowly comes to realize that the pitch-black boxcar he is riding in contains another rider, who is quietly, slowly, stalking him.--Wikipedia.

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