What debts do human beings owe each other - and to all their fellow creatures? This collection places London, at last, securely within the American literary pantheon.
Author: Jack London
Publisher: Penguin Classics
A selection of Jack London's stories, political writings, literary criticism, journalism, and letters includes the complete novel, "The Call of the Wild," and such famous stories as "Love of Life" and "To Build a Fire"
day , had he lived another 70 years ) , at a special First Day of Issue ceremony in Glen Ellen , California , celebrating the new 25 - cent Jack London stamp in the Great American Series 27 Public as well as scholarly interest in London ...
Author: Leonard Cassuto
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Jack London has long been recognized as one of the most colorful figures in American literature. He is Americas most widely translated author (into more than eighty languages), and although his works have been neglected until recently by academic critics in the United States, he is finally winning recognition as a major figure in American literary history. The breadth and depth of new critical study of Londons work in recent decades attest to his newfound respectability. London criticism has moved beyond a traditional concerns of realism and naturalism as well as beyond the timeworn biographical focus to engage such theoretical approaches as race, gender, class, post-structuralism, and new historicism. The range and intellectual energy of the essays collected here give the reader a new sense of Londons richness and variety, especially his treatment of diverse cultures. Having in the past focused more on Londons personal "world, we are now afforded an opportunity to look more closely at his art and the numerous worlds it uncovers.
In The Portable Jack London, edited by Earle Labor, 314–35. New York: Penguin, 1994. ———. “Review of 'Lincoln and Other Poems.”' San Francisco Sunday Examiner Magazine, November 10, 1905. Reprinted in No Mentor But Myself: Jack London ...
Author: Anita Duneer
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
The first book-length study of London as a maritime writer Jack London’s fiction has been studied previously for its thematic connections to the ocean, but Jack London and the Sea marks the first time that his life as a writer has been considered extensively in relationship to his own sailing history and interests. In this new study, Anita Duneer claims a central place for London in the maritime literary tradition, arguing that for him romance and nostalgia for the Age of Sail work with and against the portrayal of a gritty social realism associated with American naturalism in urban or rural settings. The sea provides a dynamic setting for London’s navigation of romance, naturalism, and realism to interrogate key social and philosophical dilemmas of modernity: race, class, and gender. Furthermore, the maritime tradition spills over into texts that are not set at sea. Jack London and the Sea does not address all of London’s sea stories, but rather identifies key maritime motifs that influenced his creative process. Duneer’s critical methodology employs techniques of literary and cultural analysis, drawing on extensive archival research from a wealth of previously unpublished biographical materials and other sources. Duneer explores London’s immersion in the lore and literature of the sea, revealing the extent to which his writing is informed by travel narratives, sensational sea yarns, and the history of exploration, as well as firsthand experiences as a sailor in the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean. Organized thematically, chapters address topics that interested London: labor abuses on “Hell-ships” and copra plantations, predatory and survival cannibalism, strong seafaring women, and environmental issues and property rights from San Francisco oyster beds to pearl diving in the Paumotos. Through its examination of the intersections of race, class, and gender in London’s writing, Jack London and the Sea plumbs the often-troubled waters of his representations of the racial Other and positions of capitalist and colonial privilege. We can see the manifestation of these socioeconomic hierarchies in London’s depiction of imperialist exploitation of labor and the environment, inequities that continue to reverberate in our current age of global capitalism.
“JL, “The Story of an Eye-Witness,” in The Portable Jack London, 487 (“humped . . . walls”), 486 (“factories ... gone”), 487 (“dead calm,” “doomed,” “deserted,” “vast conflagration,” “crumbled,” “proudest ... ruins”). 33.
Author: Cecelia Tichi
Publisher: UNC Press Books
Jack London (1876-1916) found fame with his wolf-dog tales and sagas of the frozen North, but Cecelia Tichi challenges the long-standing view of London as merely a mass-market producer of potboilers. A onetime child laborer, London led a life of poverty in the Gilded Age before rising to worldwide acclaim for stories, novels, and essays designed to hasten the social, economic, and political advance of America. In this major reinterpretation of London's career, Tichi examines how the beloved writer leveraged his written words as a force for the future. Tracing the arc of London's work from the late 1800s through the 1910s, Tichi profiles the writer's allies and adversaries in the cities, on the factory floor, inside prison walls, and in the farmlands. Thoroughly exploring London's importance as an artist and as a political and public figure, Tichi brings to life a man who merits recognition as one of America's foremost public intellectuals. This enhanced e-book edition of Jack London features significant archival motion picture footage. Eight ebook enhancements take readers into the motion-picture world of Jack London's 1900s--to the very sights that impacted his bestselling writings. Readers get front row seats to the terrifying San Francisco earthquake of 1906, to the Hawaiian beachfront where London first saw the Waikiki "surf riders," to ringside where prizefighters battled for championships. These and other historic film footage clips make this an ebook for the twenty-first century.
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Author: Stewart Gabel
Jack London was the best known and probably the most widely read American author at the turn of the 20th century. London was interested in the issues of who humans are in relation to one another, to other species, and to life itself. Much of London's life and writing can be viewed from psychological perspectives as an exploration of the issue of meaning in life generally and as a quest for meaning in his own life. C. G. Jung was an early psychoanalyst who broke from Freud and established his own school of analytical psychology. Jung was himself intensely concerned with the issue of meaning. For Jung, the "decisive question for man is: Is he related to something infinite or not?" (page 325). Jack London certainly would have agreed with the crucial nature of this question. In Jack London: A Man in Search of Meaning. Jungian Perspectives, the author uses the prism of analytical psychology to examine London's life and quest for meaning from deeply psychological and archetypal perspectives that are revealed in London's writings, both fictional and nonfictional. The book begins with a brief biographical sketch and personality description of Jack London. This is followed by a focus on the question of meaning in his life. The next chapter addresses the issue of meaning from the perspective of analytical psychology (Jung). Selected fiction from three periods in London's career is considered analytically in subsequent chapters. These periods are his early adult, middle and last years. The discussion of each work of fiction is preceded by a brief biographical statement of events in London's life at the time of the writing and a brief review of the narrative. A concluding chapter summarizes London's quest for meaning and where it might have led him from the perspectives of analytical psychology if he had lived beyond his untimely death at 40 years of age. There are two appendices. One contains a longer biographical statement (Appendix A). The second (Appendix B) provides longer, more detailed summaries of the works that are discussed. These longer descriptions include quotes from the texts, themselves, that reveal the immediacy, passion and soulful flavor of so much of London's writings.
London, Portable Jack London 263–75. ———. No Mentor but Myself: A Collection of Articles, Essays, Reviews, and Letters by Jack London, on Writing and Writers. Ed. Dale Walker and Jeanne Reesman. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1999. Print. ———.
Author: Kenneth K. Brandt
Publisher: Modern Language Association
A prolific and enduringly popular author--and an icon of American fiction--Jack London is a rewarding choice for inclusion in classrooms from middle school to graduate programs. London's biography and the role played by celebrity have garnered considerable attention, but the breadth of his personal experiences and political views and the many historical and cultural contexts that shaped his work are key to gaining a nuanced view of London's corpus of works, as this volume's wide-ranging perspectives and examples attest. The first section of this volume, "Materials," surveys the many resources available for teaching London, including editions of his works, sources for his photography, and audiovisual aids. In part 2, "Approaches," contributors recommend practices for teaching London's works through the lenses of socialism and class, race, gender, ecocriticism and animal studies, theories of evolution, legal theory, and regional history, both in frequently taught texts such as The Call of the Wild, "To Build a Fire," and Martin Eden and in his lesser-known works.
London, Charmian Kittredge. The Book of Jack London (two volumes). New York: The Century Co., 1921. London, Jack. The Call of the Wild, White Fang & To Build a Fire. New York: Modern Library, 2002. London, Jack. The Portable Jack London ...
Author: Peter Lourie
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
Here is a compelling middle grade nonfiction tale of how one classic writer drew upon a rugged life of adventure to create works of literature, punctuated by stunning black-and-white art by Wendell Minor and illustrative photographic material. Swept up in the Gold Rush of 1897, young Jack London headed north to strike it rich in the Klondike and discovered something more precious than gold—the seeds of the stories that would flower into his classic novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang, and timeless short stories such as "To Build A Fire." This gripping tale follows London as he treks up the ruthless Chilkoot Trail, braves the lethal Whitehorse Rapids, survives a bad case of scurvy, and conquers many more dangers of the Yukon during his quest for gold. A Christy Ottaviano Book
29 26 27 28 Quoted in C. London, Book, vol. I , p. 195. Quoted in Walker, Jack London and the Klondike, pp. 111–12. Quoted ibid., p. 137. Russ Kingman, Jack London: A Definitive Chronology (Middletown, CA, 30 1992), p. 18.
Author: Kenneth K. Brandt
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Jack London (1876–1916) lived a life of excess by conventional standards. Daring, outspoken, politically radical, amazingly imaginative, and emotionally complicated, the author of literary classics such as The Call of the Wild and The Sea-Wolf emerges in Kenneth K. Brandt’s new biography as a vital and flawed embodiment of conflicting yearnings. London’s exuberant energies propelled him out of the working class to become a world-famous writer by the age of twenty-seven—after stints as a child laborer, an oyster pirate, a Pacific seaman, and a convict. He wrote extensively about his travels to Japan, the Yukon, the slums of London’s East End, Korea, Hawaii, and the South Seas. Swiftly paced, intellectually engaging, and richly dramatic, London’s writings—bolstered by their wildly clashing philosophical viewpoints derived from thinkers like Nietzsche, Marx, and Darwin—continue to engross readers with their depictions of primal urges, raw sensations, and reformist politics.
The Complete Short Stories of Jack London. Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press, 1993. Three volumes. The Science Fiction Stories of Jack London. New York: Citadel Press, 1993. The Portable Jack London.
Author: Rebecca Stefoff
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Examines the life, beliefs, adventures, and works of Jack London--the American author best known for his tales of hardship and survival set in the Yukon Territory.
Writings on War and Revolution Jack London Jonah Raskin ... Jack London: American Rebel–A Collection of His Social Writings with an Extensive Study of the Man and His Times. Edited by Philip S. Foner. ... The Portable Jack London.
Author: Jack London
Publisher: Univ of California Press
"This splendid volume does more than reinstate Jack London as a leading voice of the American cultural left. Jonah Raskin documents how London struggled to reconcile his political and his personal desires, creating memorable art but failing to save himself. One of the world's most popular writers comes alive, in all his passion and agony."—Michael Kazin, author of A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan "Interest in Jack London never flags. This first-rate anthology places London at the epicenter of the American radical tradition."—Kevin Starr, University of Southern California "In this well conceptualized anthology, Jonah Raskin has resurrected works that have been unavailable for decades, making The Radical Jack London a very timely presence for the twenty-first century. Raskin's own writing is forceful and engaging, and he is unblinkingly honest about London as person and as writer, never succumbing to romanticizing or whitewashing the picture of either."—H. Bruce Franklin, John Cotton Dana Professor of English and American Studies, Rutgers University "Jack London always knew how to bang a righteous drum of social indignation, and in The Radical Jack London he can make your heart pound even today."—Paul Berman, author of Power and the Idealists and editor of Carl Sandburg: Selected Poems