Bound for Glory (book)

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Bound for Glory
First edition
Author Woody Guthrie
Country United States
Language English
Genre Autobiography, Folk music
Publisher E.P. Dutton
Publication date

Bound for Glory is the partially fictionalized autobiography of folk singer and songwriter Woody Guthrie. The book describes Guthrie's childhood, his travels across the United States as a hobo on the railroad, and towards the end his beginning to get recognition as a singer. Some of the experiences of fruit picking and a hobo camp are similar to those described in The Grapes of Wrath.

Originally released in 1943, it was re-released with a foreword written by Studs Terkel following the 1976 film adaptation.[1][2]

The Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats took their name from Woody Guthrie's boyhood gang in the book.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Book at
  2. ^ IMDB page for the 1976 film
  3. ^ Boomtown Rats - Biography by William Ruhlmann at