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Wolf: The Lives of Jack Londonby James L Haley
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Jack London was born a working-class, fatherless Californian in 1876. In his youth he was a boundlessly energetic adventurer on the bustling West Coast—by turns playing the role of hobo, sailor, prospector, and oyster pirate. He spent his brief life rapidly accumulating the experiences that would inform his acclaimed, best-selling books: The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and The Sea Wolf.
London was plagued by contradictions. He chronicled nature at its most savage, but wept helplessly at the deaths of his favorite animals. At his peak the highest-paid writer in America, he was nevertheless constantly broke. An irrepressibly optimistic crusader for social justice, he burned himself out at forty: sick, angry, and disillusioned, but leaving behind a voluminous literary legacy, much of it ripe for rediscovery.
In Wolf, award-winning author James L. Haley explores the forgotten Jack London—at once a hard-living globetrotter and a man alive with ideas, whose passion for social justice roared until the day he died. Returning London to his proper place in the American pantheon, Wolf resurrects a major American novelist in his full fire and glory.
Book News Annotation:
Haley, a western historian, presents a biography of author Jack London (1876-1916) for general readers that aims to be unbiased and provide the wider context to his life that other biographies do not. Haley uses the concept of different "lives" led by London to organize his life, from his early work as a child on a paper route, working for an ice wagon, and setting bowling pins, to his adventures on a sealing schooner in the Bering Sea, in Alaska and the South Pacific, as a celebrity writer, and as a rancher, as well as his social justice activism and socialist views. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Award-winning western historian James L. Haley paints a vivid portrait of Jack London—adventurer, social reformer, and the most popular American writer of his generation
Born a working-class, fatherless Californian in 1876, Jack London spent his youth as a boundlessly energetic adventurer on the bustling West Coast; by adulthood he had matured into the iconic American author of such still universally loved books as The Call of the Wild and White Fang. In Wolf, award-winning biographer James L. Haley explores the forgotten Jack London: a hard-living globetrotter bristling with ideas whose passion for social justice roared until the day he died. Returning London to his proper place in the American pantheon, Haley resurrects a major American novelist in his full fire and glory.
About the Author
James L. Haley is the author of The Buffalo War, Passionate Nation, and Sam Houston: A Life, which won nine historical and literary awards. He lives in Austin, Texas.
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