About this Book
Ten leading experts on Jack London probe contradictions and controversies surrounding his life and work in this new book from the Huntington Library Press. The volume marks the centenary of London's first publications. The essays address questions that have long preoccupied readers of London, including seeming contradictions between his avowed socialism and unmistakable belief in individualism, and his use of both naturalism and romanticism. His handling of racial and sexual issues is also explored. Other topics include London and his first love, Anna Strunsky; fathers and sons in the short story "The House of Pride;" the short fiction of his late period; Martin Eden; and the novel The Little Lady of the Big House. Sixteen photographs from London's personal collection are featured in the book, including snapshots of him as an equestrian, mariner, traveler, and proponent of the physical culture movement.
"This is an impressive collection. It comprises essays not only by some of the most eminent London scholars but also by 'new London voices.' All the contributions are first-rate, and every essay provides fresh new insights into the complex creations of one of America's greatest 'world authors,' one of those whose literary genius is only now . . . becoming fully recognized."—Earle Labor, Wilson Professor of American Literature, Centenary College of Louisiana
"The eight essays in this tribute are well chosen and not of the cheap publish-or-perish ilk that dilutes that basis of academic discovery. . . . Most interesting of all is an essay by Sam Basket, who uses London himself as a text, then in turn reflects on the works through the character study."--CHOICE
"Celebrating the centennial of London's authorial beginnings, this collection features essays by established London scholars, such as Sam Baskett and Earle Labor, as well as new voices in London studies. Essays explore aspects of London's life--his relationship with Anna Strunsky Walling, for example--and analyze his work, including short stories and two of his novels."—American Literature