Ed Cray (1933-2019), "a meticulous craftsman of American biography" (Douglas Brinkley), was a professor at the University of Southern California. Born in 1912, Studs Terkel is the bestselling author of twelve books of oral history, including Working, Hard Times, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Good War" (all available from The New Press). He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Presidential National Humanities Medal and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
"A welcome and important work." -- Robert Santelli - Rolling
"Something about Woody Guthrie seems to attract interesting, unexpected biographers...But all these surprising Guthrie chroniclers have nothing on Ed Cray." -- David Kipen - San Francisco Chronicle
"Offers a much-needed corrective to the romanticized, too-familiar Guthrie." -- Eddie Dean - Bookforum
"The wonderful thing about Ed Cray's Ramblin' Man is that it puts aside the legend and the myth and gives us the man, without tearing him apart in the process." -- The Globe and Mail
"This biography resonates." -- Carlo Wolff - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"It's an amazing story, never less than well-told here, on occasion considerably more." -- St. Louis Post-Gazette