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You can't win : a story from life / Jack Black.

By: Black, Jack [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Mineola, New York : Dover Publications, Inc., 2018Edition: Dover edition.Description: 304 pages ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780486826806; 0486826805.Other title: You can not win.Subject(s): Black, Jack | Criminals -- United States -- Biography | Criminals -- Canada -- Biography | BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Criminals & Outlaws | Criminals | Canada | United StatesGenre/Form: Autobiographies. | Biographies. | Autobiographies.DDC classification: 364.1092 | B Other classification: BIO024000 Summary: ""Much of this book is about loneliness. Yet its pages are bracingly companionable. It is one of the friendliest books ever written. It is a superb piece of autobiography, testimony that cannot be impeached. While it is a statement of an American tragedy, it has laughter, brevity, style; as a book to pass the time away with, it is in a class with the best fiction." -- Carl Sandburg, New York World. "Nothing half as rewarding has come down the highway of books about thieves, tramps, murderers, bootleggers and crooks in years " -- New Republic "I believe Jack Black has written a remarkable book; it is vivid and picturesque; it is not fiction; it is a book that was needed and it should be widely read." -- Clarence Darrow, New York Herald Tribune A major influence on William S. Burroughs and other Beat writers, this lost classic was written by Jack Black, a drifter and small-time criminal. Born in 1872, Black hit the road at the age of 16 and spent most of his life as a vagabond. In this plainspoken but colorful memoir, he recaptures a hobo underworld of the early twentieth century, a time when it was possible to pass anonymously from town to town. Black's firsthand accounts of hopping trains, burglaries, prison, and drug addiction offer a compelling portrait of life outside the law and honor among thieves"-- Provided by publisher.Summary: "A major influence on William S. Burroughs and other Beat writers, this memoir by a drifter and small-time criminal recaptures a hobo world of hopping trains, burglaries, prison, and drug addiction"-- Provided by publisher.Other editions: Reproduction of (manifestation):: Black, Jack. You can't win
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Originally published: New York : Macmillan, 1926.

""Much of this book is about loneliness. Yet its pages are bracingly companionable. It is one of the friendliest books ever written. It is a superb piece of autobiography, testimony that cannot be impeached. While it is a statement of an American tragedy, it has laughter, brevity, style; as a book to pass the time away with, it is in a class with the best fiction." -- Carl Sandburg, New York World. "Nothing half as rewarding has come down the highway of books about thieves, tramps, murderers, bootleggers and crooks in years " -- New Republic "I believe Jack Black has written a remarkable book; it is vivid and picturesque; it is not fiction; it is a book that was needed and it should be widely read." -- Clarence Darrow, New York Herald Tribune A major influence on William S. Burroughs and other Beat writers, this lost classic was written by Jack Black, a drifter and small-time criminal. Born in 1872, Black hit the road at the age of 16 and spent most of his life as a vagabond. In this plainspoken but colorful memoir, he recaptures a hobo underworld of the early twentieth century, a time when it was possible to pass anonymously from town to town. Black's firsthand accounts of hopping trains, burglaries, prison, and drug addiction offer a compelling portrait of life outside the law and honor among thieves"-- Provided by publisher.

"A major influence on William S. Burroughs and other Beat writers, this memoir by a drifter and small-time criminal recaptures a hobo world of hopping trains, burglaries, prison, and drug addiction"-- Provided by publisher.

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