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The Dozen and One: A Field Guide to the Books of Jim Tully
If your response to the above line is to mutter to yourself "Jim Who?" -- you need this booklet!
If you fancy yourself a fan of classic hard-boiled writing -- the works of James M. Cain, Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler, say --
then you owe it to yourself to have at least a passing familiarity with the life and works of Jim Tully, who beat all of those guys to the punch.
The Ohio-born Tully spent his youth and young manhood "on the road" in America, living an itinerant existence that involved such down-and-dirty activities as working in a chain factory, trimming trees, traveling with a circus, prizefighting, and just plain roaming about.
His Irish-American soul was lit up by literature, however, and he made the determination to "write or starve"; after ten years of fitful struggle, he published his first novel, Emmett Lawler, in 1922, followed two years later by his breakthrough book, Beggars of Life. He had by that time landed more or less permanently in Los Angeles, where he lived and worked for the rest of his life, ultimately turning out a total of thirteen books. He also maintained an active career as a magazine writer and journalist, best known for his insightful celebrity profiles, many of Hollywood figures such as his one-time employer, Charlie Chaplin.
Well, I could go on and on about Tully, but all I'm really trying to do is get you to buy this little booklet of mine:
It's no huge thing -- just 20 pages, including the covers -- but it does provide a nice basic introduction to Tully and his work, and includes full-color images
of the dust jackets of all his books, a number of which were done by top illustrators of the day. Here's a sample, by Reginald Marsh:
I put this booklet together in October 2012, in conjunction with a series of events held here in Los Angeles, under the collective title of "Tullyfest," that represented an effort by a small group of enthusiasts -- including Tully's biographers, Paul Bauer and Mark Dawidziak, who came out from Ohio to participate -- to rejuvenate Tully's fame and reputation a bit. How well we succeeded in the end, I don't know, but if we've even gotten a handful of people to start reading his stuff again, that'll be a good start.Only 200 of these were printed, and while the supply holds out I will offer them for $13, postpaid -- or $10 each in any quantity greater than one
(although I reserve the right to not sell more than five copies to any individual or entity).To place a single-copy order, just do a title search for "Jim Tully" and that will take you to the listing on this site.
For multiple-copy orders, please email me directly and I'll invoice you for the appropriate amount.
== and now for a word about one of our specialties ==
Cinema Magazines for Sale!We have an extensive collection of cinema/film magazines for sale, many which are not yet in our database, and thus can't be searched or ordered through the regular features of this site. Additional information about these goodies can be found here.
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