Adventures of a Young Man
City Lights: 1975. First edition thus. Paperback. Near fine.
Stories written from 1912 to 1917 but not published until 1963. Born to wealthy parents and Harvard educated, Reed renounced bourgeois living and took his place among the downtrodden, riding with Pancho Villa while embedded as a member of the foreign press during the Mexican War of 1916. He then travelled to Europe to cover World War One, then onto Petrograd to cover the Russian Revolution. Collected in this volume are his early twentieth century proletarian short stories about tramps, derelicts, and revolutionaries.
"In my rambles about the city, I couldn't help but observe the ugliness of poverty and all its train of evil, the cruel inequality between rich people who had too many motor cars and poor people who didn't have enough to eat. It didn't come to me from books that the workers produced all the wealth of the world, which went to those who did not earn it."