Portable Jack London

ISBN-10: 0140179690

ISBN-13: 9780140179699

Edition: 1994

Authors: Earle G. Labor, Jack London, Jack London

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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/1/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.880

One of the pioneers of 20th century American literature, Jack London specialized in tales of adventure inspired by his own experiences. London was born in San Francisco in 1876. At 14, he quit school and became an "oyster pirate," robbing oyster beds to sell his booty to the bars and restaurants in Oakland. Later, he turned on his pirate associates and joined the local Fish Patrol, resulting in some hair-raising waterfront battles. Other youthful activities included sailing on a seal-hunting ship, traveling the United States as a railroad tramp, a jail term for vagrancy and a hazardous winter in the Klondike during the 1897 gold rush. Those experiences converted him to socialism, as he educated himself through prolific reading and began to write fiction. After a struggling apprenticeship, London hit literary paydirt by combining memories of his adventures with Darwinian and Spencerian evolutionary theory, the Nietzchean concept of the "superman" and a Kipling-influenced narrative style. "The Son of the Wolf"(1900) was his first popular success, followed by 'The Call of the Wild" (1903), "The Sea-Wolf" (1904) and "White Fang" (1906). He also wrote nonfiction, including reportage of the Russo-Japanese War and Mexican revolution, as well as "The Cruise of the Snark" (1911), an account of an eventful South Pacific sea voyage with his wife, Charmian, and a rather motley crew. London's body broke down prematurely from his rugged lifestyle and hard drinking, and he died of uremic poisoning - possibly helped along by a morphine overdose - at his California ranch in 1916. Though his massive output is uneven, his best works - particularly "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang" - have endured because of their rich subject matter and vigorous prose.

Chronology of Jack London's Life and Books
Note on the Texts and Selections
To the Man on Trail
In a Far Country
The Law of Life
A Relic of the Pliocene
Nam-Bok the Unveracious
To Build a Fire (1902)
Love of Life
All Gold Canyon
The Apostate
To Build a Fire (1908)
The Chinago
Koolau the Leper
Good-by, Jack
The Strength of the Strong
A Piece of Steak
The Madness of John Harned
The Night-Born
Told in the Drooling Ward
The Mexican
The Red One
The Water Baby
The Call of the Wild
Typhoon off the Coast of Japan
On the Writer's Philosophy of Life
First Aid to Rising Authors
Review of Frank Norris's The Octopus
Excerpts from The People of the Abyss
How I Became a Socialist
Getting into Print
The Terrible and Tragic in Fiction
What Life Means to Me
Things Alive
The Story of an Eye-Witness
Reports on the James J. Jeffries-Jack Johnson Championship Fight
A Classic of the Sea
Introduction to The Cry for Justice
Eight Factors of Literary Success
To the Editor, San Francisco Bulletin, September 17, 1898
To Mabel Applegarth, November 27, 1898
To Mabel Applegarth, November 30, 1898
To Anna Strunsky, December 21, 1899
To Houghton, Mifflin and Co., January 31, 1900
To Cloudesley Johns, June 16, 1900
To George P. Brett, March 10, 1903
To Charmian Kittredge, September 30, 1903
To Frederick I. Bamford, May 28, 1905
To Cloudesley Johns, September 4, 1905
To "Dear Comrades," December 1905
To S.S. McClure, April 10, 1906
To George Sterling, June 24, 1906
To the Editor of Editor Magazine, April 1907
To Becky London, October 28, 1908
To Richard W. Gilder, December 22, 1908
To William E. Walling, November 30, 1909
To the Editor, Honolulu Advertiser, January 7, 1910
To the "Comrades of the Mexican Revolution," February 4, 1911
To Ethan A. Cross, March 17, 1914
To Joseph Conrad, June 4, 1915
To Ethelda Hesser, September 21, 1915
To John R. Lindmark, September 21, 1915
To Mary Austin, November 5, 1915
To the Members of Local Glen Ellen, Socialist Labor Party, March 7, 1916
To Leo B. Mihan, October 24, 1916
To Waldo Frank, November 5, 1916
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