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JACK LONDON: Collection Highlights

 

Author and Adventurer

 

Jack London is known the world over as the author of such novels as The Call of the Wild and White Fang. In his short life of just forty years (1876-1916), he pursued a course of larger-than-life adventure as a sailor, tramp, common laborer, prospector, journalist, war correspondent, sociologist, and rancher.  In his adventures, he found many of the characters, settings and situations that would inspire and inform his fifty books.

 

Jack London in Melbourne

YOUTH

While still a teenager, London was forced to earn money to help support the household. What came next were a series of adventures, some illicit, that provided raw material for London's early writing. (more)

 

 

THE KLONDIKE

"It was in the Klondike that I found myself," London later recalled. During his year in Alaska, London witnessed man's struggle against nature's indifference and cruel power, a theme he went on to explore in some of his best-known novels. (more)

 

 

MAN OF THE PEOPLE

London spent months as a hobo, tramping across the United States and then lived for a period among the poor in the East End of London, where he gained the philosophical base for his compassionate socialism. (more)

 

 

JOURNALIST

London had a journalist's nose for a good story, and managed to be at the center of major world events, from the Russo-Japanese War to the Great Earthquake of San Francisco. (more)

 

 

THE SOUTH PACIFIC

In 1907, Jack and Charmian London and a small, inexperienced crew set sail from San Francisco on a 45-foot yacht, bound for the South Pacific. They encountered a leper colony and marauding villagers, and nearly perished from thirst. London used the vastly different tropical settings of the South Pacific to revisit themes concerning human conflict and the most fundamental forces of nature. (more)

 

 

Jack London Collection

BEAUTY RANCH AND THE VALLEY OF THE MOON

Cosmopolitan London's ranching venture in Sonoma, California awakened in him a belief in the redemptive qualities of the land, as well as a commitment to the wise renewal of its natural resources. (more)

 

 

LITERARY FRIENDSHIPS

Jack London maintained friendships with a number of well-known turn-of-the-century authors, with whom he could exchange letters containing mutual support, literary ideas and frank appraisals. (more)

 

 

NOVELIST OF IDEAS

Throughout his career, Jack London sought to find the answers to life's great questions, in the process developing a commitment to socialism and a belief in the superiority of the group over the individual. (more)

 

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