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Bound for Glory
by Woody Guthrie


1983, original copyright 1943 pp. 320
trade paperback
ISBN 0452264456

“I could see men of all colors bouncing along in the boxcar. We stood up. We laid down. We piled around on each other. We used each other for pillows.”

Oklahoma’s famous son was both Renaissance Man and Common Man. Guthrie used his talent to speak for the downtrodden of America, and to celebrate the beauty of our country. He wrote more than 1,000 songs between 1936 and 1954, and his songs have become as much a part of America as its rivers, prairies and mountains. This is Woody in his own words and drawings—completely original.

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"Even readers who never heard Woody or his songs will understand the current esteem in which he's held after reading just a few pages... Always shockingly immediate and real, as if Woody were telling it out loud... A book to make novelists and sociaologists jealous."
—The Nation

"Deserves the attention of this generation...It is not only a fascinating autobiography, it is a voice from the grass roots of America...Woody speaks for the indomitable spirit of an independent man who set out to do his own thing."
—Library Journal

"...there's no mistaking Woody's talent for expression, his ability to sling the American language. His book is an eloquent piece, wild as a train whistle in the mountains, a scrumptious picture of fighting, carousing, singing, laughing migratory America."
—Horace Reynolds, Books of the Century; New York Times review, March 1943

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Woody Guthrie was born in Oklahoma and traveled this whole country over—not by jet or motorcycle, but by boxcar, thumb, and foot. During the journey of discovery that was his life, he composed and sang words and music that have become a national heritage. His songs, however, are but part of his legacy. Behind him Woody Guthrie left a remarkable autobiography that vividly brings to life both his vibrant personality and a vision of America we cannot afford to let die.

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