Thursday, March 10, 2011
The Rogue Speaks:
It's time again for Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday, and I can hardly believe we are up to "V." If you want to read more "V" entries, just go to Jenny's blog. I'm heading there as soon as I write my offering, so please read on:
Hurrah for the literary vagabonds! They have made our reading lives so full with their tales of daring deeds, and their struggles in life! A critic once defined a literary vagabond as one "with a vagrant strain in the blood, a natural inquisitiveness about the world beyond their doors." That certainly describes Jack Kerouac, and a host of others whose books we have read and music we have heard. Woody Guthrie was a vagabond, as was Henry David Thoreau. And I'll be you didn't know that Walt Whitman, and even Leo Tolstoy were considered vagabonds!
One famous vagabond was Ernest Hemingway. His travels around the world have given us such novels as A Farewell to Arms, Under Kilimanjaro, The Old Man and The Sea, and a host of others.
John Steinbeck is also on our list of literary vagabonds. Who can forget The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and Of Mice and Men? John Steinbeck traveled around as a vagabond, collecting material for his wonderful stories.
Now here's one for you--Abraham! Yep, he was a vagabond, traveling around with his band of followers, searching for the Promised Land. Did you know that Abraham is considered the father of three religions, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity? Well, he is, but that is a post for another day.
We cannot forget about Jack Dawson, that vagabond artist who stole the heart of Rose DeWitt Bukater in the movie "Titanic!" He was only one of many artists who loved the life of a vagabond!
Vagabonds have a serious case of wanderlust, and our literary vagabonds have wandered into many wonderful stories for our edification and enjoyment. We should always think of them kindly!!!