New book tells story of Jim Tully, literary hobo
The Kent State University Press will release this month a new book about a former Kent resident in the early 1900s who lived a dramatic, poetic life on the road. Jim Tully: American Writer, Irish Rover, Hollywood Brawler, examines the life story of Tully as told by authors Paul Bauer and Mark Dawidziak. News of the book netted new press for Tully as Bauer and Dawidziak prepare to travel the country promoting the tale. Kent Patch broke the news of the book first in January, but other news outlets have since covered the story. Take a look at the latest.
Ohio man's rich past as a boxer, reporter and author remembered in new book; university press rereleasing Tully's earlier works
For Paul Bauer, it started with a simple enough request. One day, in 1992, a man walked into Bauer’s bookshop in downtown Kent asking for a copy of an obscure book by a forgotten Ohioan. Unable to provide the man with either the book or any knowledge of its author, whom he had never come across in all his years as a literary omnivore, Bauer consulted a book containing the names and works of regional writers. There it was – Jim Tully. Listed beside Tully’s name were his works, which detailed his vagabond lifestyle in the underbelly of America. Unaware of the effect these stories would have on their lives, Bauer mentioned Tully to his friend, Mark Dawidziak. With a vague inclination of the biography they might one day author, the two agreed …