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Seeds of Man: An Experience Lived and Dreamed

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Seeds of Man is based on Woody Guthrie’s adventurous 1931 trip through Texas. Nineteen-year-old Woody, accompanied by family members, drives from Pampa in the Panhandle to the rugged Big Bend country in a wheezing Model-T Ford truck. They are searching for a silver mine that Uncle Jeff had discovered and then lost. This autobiographical novel, originally published in 1976— ...more
Paperback, 401 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by University of Nebraska Press (first published 1976)
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Mar 04, 2011 Bondama rated it it was amazing
This is a book I will be cherishing and reading very, very slowly. I'm not even close to finishing it, but I don't want to. I'm taking it off my currently reading, although I've a feeling I'll read it many, many times. Woody Guthrie was, after all, my hero of heroes.
Edward Renehan
Oct 28, 2015 Edward Renehan rated it it was amazing
Pete Seeger and I once had a long conversation about Woody's writing, and agreed the novel SEEDS OF MAN beat the hell out of the semi-fictionalized autobiography BOUND FOR GLORY, which was also - of course - more than worthwhile. We further agreed SEEDS could make an excellent film. Pete looked at me and said: "You ought to write a screenplay and get a film made." I said: "That's a whole different kind of writing from what I do. Plus, I don't have a clue how to, or the power to, get a film proje ...more
Jackson Burnett
Seeds of Man: An Experience Lived and Dreamed is what Bound for Glory would have been if the latter hadn't been well-edited. While Bound for Glory should be considered a part of the American canon, Seeds of Man definitely feels like a work in progress. In fact, it wasn't published until after Guthrie had passed and came out in its unedited original state. It's a book worth reading to experience Guthrie's great gift of improvisation, but it's not a great book by any means.
May 23, 2012 Mat rated it it was amazing
Great book. I liked this even more than Bound for Glory although I know that Woody worked on this book in fits and starts, keeping certain parts, revising others and interestingly enough, it is based on a true story. Woody and his family actually did set out and tried to find that stake.

Stylistically throughout the book, you can kind of tell which parts he struggled with and in which parts the typewriter was just buzzin' as the diamonds in his mind were transferred onto the page.

I love his descr
Dec 31, 2009 Arthur marked it as to-read
Shelves: read-many-times
I have read this book about five times from 1980 and I'm just going to read it again.
A great book by a young man ready to live his life fully into the greatness it was. Songs made up by Woody as they travell all the way through the story of the lost silver mine near the Mexican boarder and their adventures and mishaps and love filled nights. I'd love to produce it on stage or screen.
Aug 23, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great adventure story of Woody, cousin Eddie, Uncle Jeff and Pa Charlie's quest for Paw Jerry's gold claim. It takes them from Pampa OK to the Big Bend of the Rio Grande. Woody is a great and many times very humorous writer, his romps with Helly Cat and Rio Rina were downright steamy! He tells a great story, right up there with "Bound for Glory" Look forward to reading "House of Earth"
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Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie was an American songwriter and folk musician. Guthrie's musical legacy consists of hundreds of songs, ballads and improvised works covering topics from political themes to traditional songs to children's songs. Guthrie performed continually throughout his life with his guitar frequently displaying the slogan "This Machine Kills Fascists". Guthrie is perhaps best know ...more
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