The best stories that London wrote about his hoboing days can be found inThe Road, a collection of nine essays with accompanying illustrations, most of which originally appeared inCosmopolitanmagazine between 1907 and 1908. His virile persona spoke to white middle-class readers who vicariously escaped their desk-bound lives and followed London down the hobo trail. The zest and humor of his tales, as Todd DePastino explains in his lucid introduction, often obscure their depth and complexity.The Roadis as much a commentary on London's disillusionment with wealth, celebrity, and the literary marketplace as it is a picaresque memoir of his youth.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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