Jack London
©2003 Marc Arsenault



©2003 Mort Castle & Roger Langridge

 

JACK LONDON

As a sailor, petty thief, hobo, prospector, rancher, war correspondent and socialist spokesman Jack London’s life was as exciting, inspiring, and tragic as any of his many stories. London was born in San Francisco in 1876, an illegitimate child. His mother and stepfather were never far from poverty, and at the age of 13, Jack left school and began the life of a common laborer. But his appetite for reading allowed him to continue educating himself and his talent for writing of the experiences of his life would eventually make him, by the time of his death, the most popular author in America. When he was 17, Jack went to sea, where he found inspiration for his early stories and later, a great novel, The Sea Wolf. He then joined the Klondike gold rush, which formed the basis of his most famous stories and novels, including The Call of the Wild and White Fang. Despite his professional and financial success London remained true to his working-class roots in his promotion of the socialist cause in America. He traveled to England and wrote The People of the Abyss, an examination of the deplorable conditions of the working poor. He served in Indochina as a correspondent during the Russo-Japanese war. In 1907 he and his wife departed on a seven-year ocean voyage and spent much time in the South Pacific, the inspiration for London’s South Sea Tales. By 1913, while his career was at its peak, London’s health was seriously deteriorating. The range and sheer volume of his work (51 books, 500 articles and 191 short stories) is astonishing, considering his early death in 1916 at age forty. While London is justly famous for his novels, in Graphic Classics: Jack London we have chosen to concentrate on a wide selection of his shorter works, most of which have never been presented in illustrated form. London’s Keesh, Son of Keesh appears in Horror Classics, boldly illustrated by Ryan Inzana.

 

Graphic Classics: Jack London
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Horror Classics:
Graphic Classics Volume 10

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