A request for help please!

@Fleura (7197)
United Kingdom
August 29, 2017 1:42am CST
This is aimed at all you avid readers out there. A friend (rather strangely) is doing research on twentieth century vagrancy and is looking for references to encounters with tramps in twentieth century literature (regardless of genre). The only things I can think of at the moment are the obvious ones: Autobiography of a supertramp Down and Out in Paris and London Lady and the Tramp (!) Anyone else have more obscure references to add? All rights reserved. © Text and image copyright Fleur 2017.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
29 Aug 17
The only example that springs to mind is the Samuel Beckett play Waiting for Godot.
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@LadyDuck (176809)
• Switzerland
29 Aug 17
Hello Barry, nice to see you around. I hope you are well.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
29 Aug 17
@LadyDuck Yes thank you. I have not been around as much as usual recently because the chemotherapy seems to make me tired most days.
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
29 Aug 17
Oh yes of course, I have even seen it! Thanks!
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@Morleyhunt (21011)
• Canada
29 Aug 17
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
30 Aug 17
Thanks! That is one of the 'classics' I have on my shelf but haven't read yet!
@Morleyhunt (21011)
• Canada
30 Aug 17
@Fleura I'm 61... I fan ally read it this summer. I've been trying to read more of the classics.
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@LadyDuck (176809)
• Switzerland
29 Aug 17
"A Tramp Abroad" by Mark Twain, "Vamps & Tramps" by Camille Paglia, "Epitaph for a tramp" by David Markson.
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
29 Aug 17
Wow, thank you! I knew there would be well-read people out here!
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@LadyDuck (176809)
• Switzerland
29 Aug 17
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@topffer (36118)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
31 Aug 17
The vagrancy theme is present, but not obviously in many works of Jack London (Martin Eden, Star Rover...). In the US there are Nelson Agren (Somebody in boots), Jack Kerouac (On The Road, Lonesome Traveler, Desolation Angels...) and Neils Anderson, The Hobo ( it is a sociological study).
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
31 Aug 17
Thank for all the suggestions! I haven't read any of those except Jack Kerouac.
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@YrNemo (14719)
31 Aug 17
We need @MALUSE for this. She reads lots. Hmm, I wonder if @topffer would know any. He seems to read a lot too, but not necessarily in English.
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@MALUSE (43628)
• Uzbekistan
31 Aug 17
Thank you @YrNemo! I've already answered and suggested several titles. Yet, I can't see my comment anymore. @Fleura How come?
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@YrNemo (14719)
31 Aug 17
@MALUSE ah, I see...
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
31 Aug 17
@MALUSE @YrNemo because I edited that post so it wasn't a duplicate, and I changed the title to this:
This is what happened when I tried to post a topic but the photo I was going to use to illustrate it was too large. The uploading process stalled, I just got...
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@DianneN (85144)
• United States
30 Aug 17
Travels with Lizbeth by Eighner Rasmus and the Vagabond by Astrid Lindgren Tramping with Tramps by Josiah Flynt
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
30 Aug 17
ooh thank you!
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@DianneN (85144)
• United States
30 Aug 17
@Fleura My pleasure. Hope they help.
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@Platespinner (17062)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
30 Aug 17
Of Mice and Men
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
30 Aug 17
Of course! Thank you!
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• Budennovsk, Russian Federation
29 Aug 17
Oliver twist? Les miserables? Rasmus and the Vagabond by A. Lindgren? Captains of the Sands by Jorge Amado?
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
30 Aug 17
I knew you would know more examples than I do!
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@gnatsmom (1261)
5 Sep 17
Is your friend looking for fictional works only, or does he/she want non-fiction as well. There are numerous internet articles that are empirical/peer-review that will not only relate information on the issue itself, but on the laws and societal responses.
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
5 Sep 17
I think in fiction, or in non-fiction such as biographies, rather than actual studies of vagrancy.
@gnatsmom (1261)
5 Sep 17
@Fleura oh ok.
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• Pamplona, Spain
31 Aug 17
I can think of a real live story but it was never put into a book as such. I also met one here too.
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
31 Aug 17
Do you mean here in Spain? Or here on MyLot?
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• Pamplona, Spain
31 Aug 17
@Fleura Over here in Spain and one in England long time ago now. Nothing was ever made into a book though.
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@PainsOnSlate (20573)
• Canada
2 Sep 17
Can't help you, can't think of any but I see others have ideas.
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
2 Sep 17
Thanks - yes I've had a few suggestions which I've passed on.
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@RasmaSandra (19800)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
29 Aug 17
That is some difficult topic. I cannot think of anything right now. Good luck to your friend in his research.
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29 Aug 17
I can't think of anything off-hand. If something pops into my head I'll let you know!
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