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Alfred Kazin has aptly remarked that "the greatest story Jack London ever wrote was the story he lived." Newsboy, factory "work beast," gang member, hobo, sailor, Klondike argonaut, socialist crusader, war correspondent, utopian farmer, and world-famous adventurer: London is the closest thing America has had to a literary folk hero. His writing itself is concerned with nothing less than the largest questions and the grandest themes: What does it mean to be a human being in the natural world? 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. It includes the complete novel The Call of the Wild; such famous stories as "Love of Life," "To Build a Fire," and "All Gold Canyon"; journalism, political writings, literary criticism, and selected letters.

About the Author

Jack London (1876–1916) published an enormous number of stories and novels, including The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Martin Eden.

Table of Contents


Chronology of Jack London's Life and Books

Note on the Texts and Selections


Suggestions for Further Reading

Selected Stories

To the Man on Trail

In a Far Country

The Law of Life

A Relic of the Pliocene

Nam-Bok the Unveracious

To Build a Fire (1902)



Love of Life

All Gold Canyon

The Apostate

To Build a Fire (1908)

The Chinago

Koolau the Leper

Good-by, Jack


The Strength of the Strong


A Piece of Steak

The Madness of John Harned

The Night-Born


Told in the Drooling Ward

The Mexican

The Red One

The Water Baby

The Call of the Wild

Selected Nonfiction

Typhoon off the Coast of Japan

On the Writer's Philosophy of Life

First Aid to Rising Authors

Review of Frank Norris's The Octopus

Excerpts from The People of the Abyss

How I Became a Socialist

Getting into Print

The Terrible and Tragic in Fiction

What Life Means to Me

Things Alive

The Story of an Eye-Witness

Reports on the James J. Jeffries-Jack Johnson Championship Fight

A Classic of the Sea

Introduction to The Cry for Justice

Eight Factors of Literary Success

A Selection of Letters

To the Editor, San Francisco Bulletin, September 17, 1898

To Mabel Applegarth, November 27, 1898

To Mabel Applegarth, November 30, 1898

To Anna Strunsky, December 21, 1899

To Houghton, Mifflin and Co., January 31, 1900

To Cloudesley Johns, June 16, 1900

To George P. Brett, March 10, 1903

To Charmian Kittredge, September 30, 1903

To Frederick I. Bamford, May 28, 1905

To Cloudesley Johns, September 4, 1905

To "Dear Comrades," December 1905

To S.S. McClure, April 10, 1906

To the Editor of Editor Magazine, April 1907

To Becky London, October 28, 1908

To Richard W. Gilder, December 22, 1908

To William E. Walling, November 30, 1909

To the Editor, Honolulu Advertiser, January 7, 1910

To the "Comrades of the Mexican Revolution," February 4, 1911

To Ethan A. Cross, March 17, 1914

To Joseph Conrad, June 4, 1915

To Ethelda Hesser, September 21, 1915

To John R. Lindmark, September 21, 1915

To Mary Austin, November 5, 1915

To the Members of Local Glen Ellen, Socialist Labor Party, March 7, 1916

To Leo B. Mihan, October 24, 1916

To Waldo Frank, November 5, 1916

Suggestions for Further Reading

Product Details

Labor, Earle G.
London, Jack
Labor, Earle G.
Labor, Earle
Penguin Books
New York :
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
American fiction (fictional works by one auth
Literature-A to Z
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Paperback / softback
Viking Portable Library
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Grade Level:
from 12
7.75x5.06x1.17 in. .88 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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