The Pavement My Pillow

By: Gillain, Louis E ( Elphage )( Not Spelled Gillian )

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-----------hardcover, a clean Very Good copy, no dustjacket, small address label and ink number on endpapers, some browning to the covers, Gillain starts out with his birth and how his mother could never have known how big a disappointment he was meant to be, " In his introduction, Gillain explains, "I may be accused of vulgarity and dullness, of being morbid, facetious, egotistical and vain, and of being ignorant. I know I am a careless writer. But this book is the story of my life --- Brought up in the gutters of London, he joined the army by mistake and deserted by design. He then became a street entertainer, a white witch doctor, a ventriloquist, a thief, a pedlar of patent medicines, an escapologist, an unsuccessful smallholder, and narrowly escaped becoming a murderer. But at no time does he become dull. This is the confession of a man with many talents and as many failings, a man who could commit almost every sin and retain a moral sense of decency and honour. ---a real story about a man who fought against the gutter, ---but who returned to it time and again, because in the coloured men who saved him from starvation, the prostitutes who befriended him, the crooks, barrow-boys and dawn-and-outs who were his companions he found the warmth, kindness and generosity that he could not find in more respectable circles. ...a book that contains the red blood of humanity."any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo

Title: The Pavement My Pillow

Author Name: Gillain, Louis E ( Elphage )( Not Spelled Gillian )

Illustrator: No Dustjacket

Categories: Biographies,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, England, London, UK: Arco Publications, 1954, 1st Edition, First Printing: 1954

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good (see description)

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Inscription: Not Signed

Seller ID: 142269

Keywords: The Pavement My Pillow ( Tramp / Hobo Memoir )