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Novels and social writings / Jack London.

By: London, Jack, 1876-1916.
Material type: TextTextSeries: The Library of America: Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Literary Classics of the United States : Distributed to the trade by the Viking Press, c1982Description: 1192 p. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 0940450062; 9780940450066.Uniform titles: Selections. 1982 Subject(s): Socialism | Revolutions in literature | War in literature | American literature -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Essays.DDC classification: 813/.52 LOC classification: PS3523.O46 | A6 1982cOther classification: 18.06
Contents:
The people of the abyss -- The road -- The iron heel -- Martin Eden -- John Barleycorn -- How I became a socialist -- The scab -- Jack London on "The Jungle" -- Revolution.
Review: The People of the Abyss - The Road - The Iron Heel - Martin Eden - John Barleycorn.
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PS3523.O46 A6 1982C (Browse shelf) Available 0000100118058

Reprint of works originally published 1903-1913.

Includes bibliographical references.

The people of the abyss -- The road -- The iron heel -- Martin Eden -- John Barleycorn -- Essays -- How I became a socialist -- The scab -- Jack London on "The Jungle" -- Revolution.

The People of the Abyss - The Road - The Iron Heel - Martin Eden - John Barleycorn.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

One of the pioneers of 20th century American literature, Jack London specialized in tales of adventure inspired by his own experiences. <p> 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. <p> 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. <p> 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. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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