Josiah Flynt

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Josiah Flynt.

Josiah Flynt (properly Josiah Flynt Willard) (January 23, 1869 – January 20, 1907) was an American sociologist and author.


Born at Appleton, Wisconsin,[1] he was educated at the University of Berlin from 1890 to 1895.[1] After several years of experience as a professional vagrant, he published Tramping with Tramps in 1899, a picaresque study. His further works dealing with the lower and criminal classes include The Powers that Prey (1900), a collection of short stories written in collaboration with Alfred Hodder (writing pseudonymously as Francis Walton), Notes of an Itinerant Policeman (1900), The World of Graft (1901), a volume of short stories, and The Little Brother (1902), his only sustained attempt in fiction. His name is perpetuated in the annals of fiction as the dedicatee of Jack London's The Road. He died in Chicago.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Josiah Flynt, Tramp, Is Dead in Chicago". Pittsburgh Daily Post. January 22, 1907. p. 4. Retrieved December 19, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read

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