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Jack London (1876–1916)

Author of The Call of the Wild

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About the Author

One of the pioneers of 20th century American literature, Jack London specialized in tales of adventure inspired by his own experiences. London was born in San Francisco in 1876. At 14, he quit school and became an "oyster pirate," robbing oyster beds to sell his booty to the bars and restaurants in show more Oakland. Later, he turned on his pirate associates and joined the local Fish Patrol, resulting in some hair-raising waterfront battles. Other youthful activities included sailing on a seal-hunting ship, traveling the United States as a railroad tramp, a jail term for vagrancy and a hazardous winter in the Klondike during the 1897 gold rush. Those experiences converted him to socialism, as he educated himself through prolific reading and began to write fiction. After a struggling apprenticeship, London hit literary paydirt by combining memories of his adventures with Darwinian and Spencerian evolutionary theory, the Nietzchean concept of the "superman" and a Kipling-influenced narrative style. "The Son of the Wolf"(1900) was his first popular success, followed by 'The Call of the Wild" (1903), "The Sea-Wolf" (1904) and "White Fang" (1906). He also wrote nonfiction, including reportage of the Russo-Japanese War and Mexican revolution, as well as "The Cruise of the Snark" (1911), an account of an eventful South Pacific sea voyage with his wife, Charmian, and a rather motley crew. London's body broke down prematurely from his rugged lifestyle and hard drinking, and he died of uremic poisoning - possibly helped along by a morphine overdose - at his California ranch in 1916. Though his massive output is uneven, his best works - particularly "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang" - have endured because of their rich subject matter and vigorous prose. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Disambiguation Notice:

Robert L. Fish finished London's uncompleted novel The Assassination Bureau, Ltd. and is sometimes credited as the author of that work.

Image credit: Credit: Arnold Genthe, circa 1906-1916 (Arnold Genthe Collection,LoC Prints and Photographs Division, LC-G4085- 0411)

Series

Works by Jack London

The Call of the Wild (1903) 20,261 copies
White Fang (1906) 12,187 copies
The Sea Wolf (1904) 4,401 copies
Martin Eden (1909) 1,937 copies
The Iron Heel (1907) 1,486 copies
The Star Rover (1915) 713 copies
The People of the Abyss (1903) 656 copies
The Scarlet Plague (1912) 574 copies
South Sea Tales (1909) 563 copies
Before Adam (1906) 437 copies
The Road (1907) 387 copies
The Cruise of the Snark (1908) 345 copies
The Call of the Wild [abridged - Classic Starts] (2005) — Original Text — 327 copies
Burning Daylight (1910) 302 copies
Smoke Bellew (1912) 250 copies
The Valley of the Moon (1913) 240 copies
A Daughter of the Snows (1902) 192 copies
The Unabridged Jack London (1981) 192 copies
Adventure (1911) 173 copies
The Mutiny of the Elsinore (1914) 166 copies
Children of the Frost (1902) 153 copies
The Game (1905) 152 copies
The Cruise of the Dazzler (1902) 150 copies
Jerry of the Islands (1917) 149 copies
Michael, Brother of Jerry (1917) 136 copies
La quimera del oro (1900) 129 copies
Tales of the Fish Patrol (1905) 127 copies
A Son of the Sun (1913) 127 copies
Stories of Hawaii (1985) 116 copies
Stories of Adventure (1991) 108 copies
Lost Face (1910) 93 copies
The God of His Fathers (1901) 85 copies
100 Eternal Masterpieces of Literature - volume 2 (2020) — Contributor — 71 copies
Le morti concentriche (1901) 68 copies
Works of Jack London (1988) 67 copies
Moon-Face (1906) 66 copies
The Abysmal Brute (1911) 62 copies
The Strength of the Strong (1914) 59 copies
A Collection of Stories (2010) 58 copies
100 Eternal Masterpieces of Literature - volume 1 (2017) — Contributor — 58 copies
The Mexican (1991) 55 copies
War of the Classes (1912) 54 copies
Hearts of Three (1920) 52 copies
The Faith of Men (1904) 52 copies
The Best of Jack London (2002) 50 copies
Jack London (1983) 50 copies
Call of the Wild | Typhoon (1989) 49 copies
Fantastic Tales (1998) 43 copies
Jack London: Series 2 (1982) 42 copies
The Night Born (1913) 38 copies
Le mille e una morte (1992) 36 copies
On the Makaloa Mat (1919) 35 copies
Los vagabundos (1983) 34 copies
Invisible Men (1960) 34 copies
Thirteen Tales of Terror (1684) 32 copies
Selected Short Stories (1969) 32 copies
The Works of Jack London (1985) 31 copies
Farther north (1989) 31 copies
The Call of the Wild (2002) 30 copies
The Turtles of Tasman (1917) 30 copies
Tales of adventure (1956) 27 copies
Jack London Stories (1960) 26 copies
21 Essential American Short Stories (2011) — Contributor — 25 copies
Kizil Veba (2018) 20 copies
Phantastische Erzählungen (1988) 20 copies
The Call of the Wild: Adapted for Young Readers (1999) — Author — 19 copies
Seven Great Stories (1995) 18 copies
Smoke and Shorty (1977) 18 copies
The Kempton-Wace Letters (1991) 18 copies
The house of Mapuhi (2006) 18 copies
Alaska (1969) 18 copies
Jack London Masters Library (1985) 18 copies
In a Far Country (1987) 17 copies
Diable, A Dog (1902) 17 copies
Tales of the Klondike (1983) 17 copies
Cuentos (1991) 16 copies
The Jack London Collection (2015) 16 copies
Call of the Wild (2009) 15 copies
Relatos (1998) 15 copies
The Leopard Man's Story (1963) 14 copies
Ateş Yakmak (2016) 14 copies
Brown Wolf (1991) 14 copies
De vagões e vagabundos (1997) 13 copies
The Acorn-Planter (1916) 13 copies
The Human Drift (2007) 13 copies
Cartas de Jack London (1965) 13 copies
Les temps maudits (1970) 12 copies
Die Perlen des alten Parlay (1977) 12 copies
Deniz Kurdu (2005) 12 copies
Martin Eden / B.2 (1927) 12 copies
LA HUELGA GENERAL (1991) 11 copies
Meistererzählungen (1998) 11 copies
Fragmentos del futuro (1984) 11 copies
Goldsucher (1984) 11 copies
L'Appel de la forêt (1903) 11 copies
Nuevos cuentos del mar (1963) 10 copies
Das Feuer im Schnee. (1979) 10 copies
Theft (2007) 10 copies
Jack London Six Pack (2016) 9 copies
The Call of the Wild [adapted - Saddleback Timeless Classics] (2010) — Original Author — 9 copies
A Relic of the Pliocene (2004) 9 copies
Tiempos malditos (1986) 9 copies
KNOCK OUT (2011) 9 copies
Rivoluzione (2007) 9 copies
Merisusi. Osa 2 (2009) 8 copies
Narraciones (1997) 8 copies
The Heathen (1908) 8 copies
Batard (2013) 8 copies
What Life Means to Me (2006) 8 copies
The Call of the Wild [adapted - Saddleback Classics] (1999) — Original Author — 8 copies
Lost Face [short story] (1910) 8 copies
Der Ruhm des Kämpfers (1936) 8 copies
Jack London omnibus (1985) 7 copies
A Drinking Life (2019) 7 copies
Mapuhis Haus (1909) 7 copies
Storie di boxe 7 copies
Grève générale ! (2007) 7 copies
Eine Beute der Wölfe (1960) 7 copies
The White Silence (2013) 7 copies
Carnet du trimard (2007) 6 copies
The Man With the Gash (1981) 6 copies
Call of the Wild [1935 film] (1935) — Original book — 6 copies
Stories of Jack London (1983) 6 copies
London's essays of revolt (1926) 6 copies
Ucurum Insanlari (2014) 6 copies
Debsin uni : novelleja (1982) 6 copies
At the Rainbow's End (1975) 6 copies
Alaskagold (1967) 5 copies
The Pan Book of Revenge Stories (1971) — Contributor — 5 copies
The Hobo and the Fairy (2013) 5 copies
All Gold Canon (2013) 5 copies
Piume di Adamo (1988) 5 copies
La hoguera (1991) 5 copies
Valda skrifter (1927) 5 copies
De Witte Stilte (1899) 5 copies
O GRITO DA SELVA (2022) 5 copies
Suikast Burosu (2019) 5 copies
White Fang [adapted - Saddleback Classics] (2003) — Original Author — 4 copies
London (1994) 4 copies
The League Of The Old Men (2005) 4 copies
The Apostate (2013) 4 copies
Der Feind der Welt (1983) 4 copies
Alaska-Kid (1991) 4 copies
Vahşetin Çağrısı (2007) 4 copies
O apelo da selva (2014) 4 copies
El Idólatra (2013) 4 copies
Tre hjerter I 4 copies
Tre hjerter II 4 copies
The Great Short Stories (1990) 4 copies
Denizin Cagrisi (2014) 4 copies
That Spot (2014) 4 copies
Demiryolu Serserileri (2001) 4 copies
Les condamnés à vivre (1974) 4 copies
From the Road to the Pen (1980) 4 copies
The Pan Jack London (1963) 4 copies
Bir Dilim Biftek (2021) 4 copies
La figlia delle nevi (2011) 4 copies
Grito da Selva, O (2007) 4 copies
Denizin Çağrısı (2019) 3 copies
La llamada de lo salvaje (2016) 3 copies
Scorn of Women (1998) 3 copies
El ídolo rojo (1986) 3 copies
L'appel de la forêt (1903) — Author — 3 copies
Valgekihv 3 copies
A Hyperborean Brew (2013) 3 copies
White Fang 3 copies
Oyun (2023) 3 copies
Die Perle 3 copies
Ciuma Stacojie 3 copies
Profession : écrivain (2016) 3 copies
Mauki (1980) 3 copies
Grito da Selva, O (2013) 3 copies
El rojo (1991) 3 copies
White Fang (2013) 3 copies
Beyaz Diþ (2016) 3 copies
White Fang, CD ROM (2006) 3 copies
La voz de la sangre (2000) 3 copies
The Red One [short story] (1918) 3 copies
The Wisdom of the Trail (2008) 3 copies
HThe Icall of the wild (1992) 3 copies
A kalózhajó (1978) 3 copies
Before Adam / The Game (1907) 3 copies
The Shadow And The Flash (2006) 3 copies
La guerra y otros relatos (1987) 3 copies
Batard and Other Stories (1987) 3 copies
KOOLAU EL LEPROSO (2006) 3 copies
Goldgräbergeschichten. (1974) 3 copies
O Pagão (1996) 3 copies
The Marriage of Lit-Lit (1995) 3 copies
Cuentos del trópico (2014) 3 copies
Nam Bok (1901) 3 copies
Dutch Courage (2006) 3 copies
In den Slums (1983) 3 copies
O Mexicano 3 copies
Kma lapsed (2012) 2 copies
Rundt Kap Horn (1971) 2 copies
Short Stories (1960) 2 copies
Too Much Gold (2013) 2 copies
Cesta (2017) 2 copies
The Sea Wolf 2 copies
Martin Eden - del 1 (1972) 2 copies
隐身试验 (2014) 2 copies
Beste Geschichten (1980) 2 copies
Elu seadus 2 copies
Loitev koit : [romaan] (1996) 2 copies
elt (1985) 2 copies
Cuentos elegidos (2005) 2 copies
The Sunlanders 2 copies
TEMPS MAUDITS. 2 copies
MeksikalI; (2003) 2 copies
Jack London GB (1978) 2 copies
Von fernen Meeren (1987) 2 copies
Solens son 2 copies
Caninos Brancos 2 copies
Gullgravere 2 copies
White Fang 2 copies
Yön lapsi 2 copies
Colmillo Blanco 2 copies
Chamado Da Selva , O (2000) 2 copies
The End of the Story (2013) 2 copies
Four short stories / (1977) 2 copies
Tanrilar ve Kopekler (2014) 2 copies
Atalarının Tanrısı (2019) 2 copies
Nowele 2 copies
Eraa kutsuu 2 copies
Relatos 2 copies
PRESA BRANCA 2 copies
Aerie White Fang-Cn (1988) 2 copies
Tanrilar ve Köpekler (2018) 2 copies
Pirataren ibilaldia (1991) 2 copies
Das letzte Mammut / Pat (1995) 2 copies
A Day's Lodging (2013) 2 copies
La crida salvatge (2005) 2 copies
Uncollected Stories (2013) 2 copies
Odisea en el Norte (2012) 2 copies
Croc-blanc - Dès 8 ans (2016) 2 copies
Der Nachkomme McCoys (1909) 2 copies
South of the Slot (2013) 2 copies
Encender una hoguera (2011) 2 copies
Serca kopbiety (2016) 2 copies
Mauki (1909) 2 copies
L'appel de la forêt (1903) — Author — 2 copies
Croc-Blanc (1906) — Author — 2 copies
Finis (2013) 2 copies
La fuerza de los fuertes (2014) 2 copies
Relatos del Mundo (2014) 2 copies
Dehset Ulkesi (2011) 2 copies
The Bones of Kahekili (1919) 2 copies
A Mão de Midas (2009) 2 copies
Il discendente di McCoy (2009) 2 copies
Mord auf Bestellung (2016) 2 copies
Goldcañon (1977) 2 copies
Leggere in fantascienza (1999) 2 copies
CROC-BLANC (2011) 2 copies
Histoires des îles (1976) 2 copies
The Sea-Wolf [adapted - Napoli] (1999) — Author — 2 copies
Livsgnisten 2 copies
Book Guide (2010) 2 copies
La força dels forts (1994) 2 copies
Jack London photographe (2011) 2 copies
La lotta per la vita (2006) 2 copies
The World of Jack London (1980) 2 copies
L Humanité en marche (1998) 2 copies
Sandwichøyene 2 copies
Tales of the Far North (1920) 2 copies
Crvena kuga 1 copy
Goldcañon 1 copy
Martin Eden (1981) 1 copy
South Sea Adventures (2011) 1 copy
Westwärts 1 copy
Kurdun Oglu (2010) 1 copy
Izlase I 1 copy
El pagano (2020) 1 copy
DONEK 1 copy
White Fang 1 copy
Skazki Yuzhnyh morey (2018) 1 copy
Jack London (1989) 1 copy
MARTIN IDEN 1 copy
Sol Ardente 1 copy
White Fang 1 copy
The Sea Wolf Annotated (2021) 1 copy
Trois cœurs 1 copy
Jack London — Author — 1 copy
UJKU I DETIT 1 copy
Sea Stories 1 copy
Çinago 1 copy
Kuunlaakso 1 copy
Pakkopaita (2022) 1 copy
Strannik po zvezdam (2020) 1 copy
Günesin Oglu (2021) 1 copy
Beyaz sessizlik (1999) 1 copy
Nam-Bok, le hâbleur (2019) 1 copy
Nr̄ villdyret vk̄ner (1984) 1 copy
Eluihk : valimik (1981) 1 copy
Bâtard 1 copy
Soi Bien 1 copy
Baltais Ilknis (2014) 1 copy
Moonface 1 copy
Triju sirdis (2013) 1 copy
Husky 1 copy
Siwash 1 copy
ATEŞ YAKMAK 1 copy
Midas'in Müritleri (2021) 1 copy
Colmillo Blanco (1990) 1 copy
(all) 1 copy
Bir Alkoligin Anilari (2015) 1 copy
Trust (2017) 1 copy
Teadmamees 1 copy
Alaska Kid (2016) 1 copy
RICHIAMO DELLA FORESTA (2019) 1 copy
opere alese 1 copy
Rautakorko 1 copy
FOCUL 1 copy
Beli dan 1 copy
Suikast Bürosu (2021) 1 copy
Ormandan Gelen Ses (2012) 1 copy
White Fang 1 copy
Pan Ječmínek (2015) 1 copy
Katıksız Sevgi (2019) 1 copy
Contos 1 copy
Horror 5 1 copy
La forza dei forti (2023) 1 copy
Goldschimmer 1 copy
"War" 1 copy
The sea-wolf 1 copy
Havai jutud (2003) 1 copy
The Sea-Wolf 1 copy
Faire un feu (2017) 1 copy
YOL 1 copy
På luffen 1 copy
Jack London, tome 1 (1999) 1 copy
Construire une maison (2014) 1 copy
Short story collection: adventures in far-off places (1998) — Contributor — 1 copy
Kvinnor 1 copy
Amateur Night (2013) 1 copy
Local Color (2013) 1 copy
Relatos de Alaska (2010) 1 copy
Historien om Keesh (1974) 1 copy
Ulf Larsen I 1 copy
Bald-Face (2014) 1 copy
A farkas fia 1 copy
In Yeddo Bay 1 copy
Canionul 1 copy
Skarb Majów (1989) 1 copy
Zlato 1 copy
Martin Iden (2013) 1 copy
Die Goldschlucht (1947) 1 copy
Aloha Oe (2014) 1 copy
London Jack 1 copy
Six Illustrated Classics (1991) — Author — 1 copy
Twelve short stories; (1969) 1 copy
Die Liebe zum Leben — Author — 1 copy
Hele verdens fjende (1984) 1 copy
Navegar e preciso? (2001) 1 copy
Crock, der Wolfshund (1900) 1 copy
L'ombra e il bagliore (2010) 1 copy
The tramp (1984) 1 copy
El lobo de mar. Comic. (1979) 1 copy
Biele ticho 1 copy
Nur Fleisch. (1929) 1 copy
Grit of Women (2013) 1 copy
Le Dieu tombé du ciel (1975) 1 copy
Homme sans nom -l' (1988) 1 copy
KUN ERÄMAA KUTSUU (2013) 1 copy
Jack London Boxed Set (2018) 1 copy
L'apostat (2018) 1 copy
Harte Kost 1 copy
Il pagano 1 copy
Trilogia 1 copy
Zaroka sevê (1995) 1 copy
Chemarea strabunilor (2015) 1 copy
[No title] 1 copy
Kurdun Oğlu 1 copy
Mořský Vlk 1 copy
Relats del Pacífic (1999) 1 copy
Jack London (1991) 1 copy
Ulf Larsen (1978) 1 copy
På eventyr (1979) 1 copy
Cuentos del Ártico (1975) 1 copy
Mord på beställning (1979) 1 copy
Susikoira (1976) 1 copy
The Sea Wolf 1 copy
The Scab (1992) 1 copy
Kolm südant 1 copy
Utopías traicionadas (2003) 1 copy
Açlar Ordusu (2005) 1 copy
HALK AVCISI (1998) 1 copy
Intihar (2018) 1 copy
Le Renégat (2014) 1 copy
Hawaii-szigetek titka (1999) 1 copy
White Fang 1 copy
Fischpiraten 1 copy
Revolta pe Atlantic (1991) 1 copy
Majster Alkohol (2011) 1 copy
Bureau for Mord (1973) 1 copy
Martin Eden - 2.del (1972) 1 copy
NOUVELLES BILINGUES (1988) 1 copy
Yeux de l asie (les) (1998) 1 copy

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Great American Short Stories: From Hawthorne to Hemingway (2004) — Contributor — 596 copies
The Science Fiction Century (1997) — Contributor — 536 copies
Fifty Great American Short Stories (1965) — Contributor — 436 copies
Science Fiction Omnibus (1952) — Contributor — 340 copies
A Treasury of Short Stories (1947) — Contributor — 294 copies
The Treasury of American Short Stories (1981) — Contributor — 269 copies
100 Dastardly Little Detective Stories (1993) — Contributor — 213 copies
The New Junior Classics Volume 07: The Animal Book (1938) — Contributor — 200 copies
The Penguin Book of American Short Stories (1969) — Contributor — 189 copies
The New Junior Classics Volume 09: Sport and Adventure (1938) — Contributor — 173 copies
Great Stories of the Sea & Ships (1940) — Contributor — 173 copies
The Fireside Book of Dog Stories (1943) — Contributor — 146 copies
Stories of the Sea (2010) — Contributor — 140 copies
An Anthology of Famous American Stories (1953) — Contributor — 140 copies
Science Fiction Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2015) — Contributor — 139 copies
The Road to Science Fiction #2: From Wells to Heinlein (1979) — Contributor — 138 copies
The Saturday Evening Post Treasury (1954) — Contributor — 136 copies
Dystopia Utopia: Short Stories (2016) — Contributor — 132 copies
Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent (1909) — Contributor, some editions — 132 copies
Best Dog Stories (1990) — Contributor — 118 copies
The Big Book of Adventure Stories (2011) — Contributor — 115 copies
The Call of the Wild [2020 film] (2020) — Original book — 105 copies
The Arbor House Treasury of Great Western Stories (1982) — Contributor — 103 copies
Stories to Stay Awake By (1971) — Contributor — 102 copies
Great Tales of Action and Adventure (1958) — Contributor — 102 copies
A Treasury of American Horror Stories (1985) — Contributor — 95 copies
More Stories to Remember, Volume I (1958) — Contributor — 84 copies
Adventure Stories (1988) — Contributor — 82 copies
The Folio Book of Short Novels (1995) — Contributor — 77 copies
The Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1998) — Contributor — 76 copies
Crime and Mystery Short Stories (2016) — Contributor — 73 copies
Richard Adams's Favorite Animal Stories (1979) — Contributor — 73 copies
Bedside Book of Famous American Stories (1936) — Contributor — 72 copies
The Fantastic Pulps (1975) — Contributor — 71 copies
200 Years of Great American Short Stories (1975) — Contributor — 69 copies
The Big Book of Rogues and Villains (2017) — Contributor — 66 copies
Famous Fantastic Mysteries (1991) — Contributor — 66 copies
American Christmas Stories (2021) — Contributor — 62 copies
Murderous Schemes (1996) — Contributor — 58 copies
White Fang [1991 film] (1991) — Original book — 57 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories of the 19th Century (2014) — Contributor — 53 copies
Some Things Strange and Sinister (1972) — Contributor — 50 copies
The Oxford Book of Sea Stories (1994) — Contributor — 50 copies
San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics (2009) — Contributor — 47 copies
The Random House Book of Sports Stories (1990) — Contributor — 45 copies
Storm: Stories of Survival from Land and Sea (2000) — Contributor — 44 copies
65 Great Murder Mysteries (1983) — Contributor — 41 copies
The Book of the Sea (1954) — Contributor — 36 copies
The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Protest (1998) — Contributor — 31 copies
The Monster-Maker and Other Science Fiction Classics (2012) — Contributor — 30 copies
Jack London, Photographer (2010) — Photographer — 30 copies
Mysterious Sea Stories (1985) — Contributor — 30 copies
A Skeleton At the Helm (2008) — Contributor — 30 copies
Great Tales of the West (1982) — Contributor — 30 copies
Best South Sea Stories (1964) — Contributor — 29 copies
King Solomon's Mines and Other Adventure Classics (2016) — Contributor — 29 copies
Famous and Curious Animal Stories (1982) — Contributor — 28 copies
The Big Book of Favorite Dog Stories (1964) — Contributor — 28 copies
Adventure Stories for Boys (1978) — Contributor — 27 copies
Short Stories of the Sea (1984) — Contributor — 27 copies
The Saturday Evening Post Reader of Sea Stories (1962) — Contributor — 27 copies
Science Fiction Stories (Macmillan Readers) (2009) — Contributor — 27 copies
101 Mystery Stories (1986) — Contributor — 26 copies
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Great Tales of Madness and the Macabre (1990) — Contributor — 25 copies
A Dying Planet Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2020) — Contributor — 25 copies
Shot in the Dark (1950) — Contributor — 24 copies
The Most Dangerous Game and Other Stories (1957) — Contributor; Contributor — 23 copies
The Chicano: From Caricature to Self-Portrait (1971) — Contributor — 22 copies
Chills and Thrills: Tales of Terror and Enchantment (2001) — Contributor — 22 copies
The Best Sea Stories (1986) — Contributor — 21 copies
The Call of the Wild [Retold by Jean Fischer] (Chick-fil-A) (2005) — Original Author — 21 copies
Currents in Fiction (1974) — Contributor — 20 copies
Call of the Wild [abridged - Fast Track Classics] (2001) — Author — 20 copies
Urban Crime Short Stories (2019) — Contributor — 20 copies
Racconti Gialli (1992) — Author — 20 copies
Asleep in Armageddon (1962) — Contributor — 19 copies
Short Story Classics [American], Volume 4 (1905) — Contributor — 17 copies
The Saturday Evening Post Book of the Sea and Ships (1978) — Contributor — 16 copies
World's Great Tales of the Sea (1944) — Contributor — 16 copies
Back from the Dead (1991) — Contributor — 16 copies
All verdens fortellere (1990) — Contributor, some editions — 15 copies
Modern American Short Stories (1945) — Contributor — 15 copies
The Victorian Mystery Megapack: 27 Classic Mystery Tales (2012) — Contributor — 15 copies
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Big Wave: Stories of Riding the World's Wildest Water (2003) — Contributor — 14 copies
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Gringos in Mexico: An Anthology (1988) — Contributor — 10 copies
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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
London, Jack
Legal name
Chaney, John Griffith
Other names
LONDON, John Griffith
CHANEY, John Griffith
Birthdate
1876-01-12
Date of death
1916-11-22
Burial location
Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen, California, USA
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
San Francisco, California, USA
Place of death
Glen Ellen, California, USA
Cause of death
Uremia
Places of residence
Oakland, California, USA
Klondike, Yukon, Canada
Piedmont, California, USA
Erie County Penitentiary, Buffalo, New York, USA
Dawson City, Yukon, Canada
Education
Oakland High School
University of California, Berkeley
self-educated
Occupations
novelist
short-story writer
journalist
essayist
playwright
poet (show all 18)
political commentator
rancher
hobo
sailor
patrol agent of San Francisco shore police
fisherman
jute millworker
coal shoveler
laundry worker
gold prospector
oyster pirate
salmon canner
Relationships
London, Charmian (spouse)
London, Joan (daughter)
Chaney, William Henry (biological father)
London, John (stepfather)
Organizations
Intercollegiate Socialist Society
Socialist Labor Party
Socialist Party of America
Bohemian Club
California Fish Patrol
Hearst Newspapers
Awards and honors
Jack London State Historic Park
Mount London, British Columbia, Canada
Jack London Square, Oakland, California, USA
Great Americans series postage stamp
Agent
A. P. Watt
Hughes Massie
Short biography
John Griffith London (born John Griffith Chaney; January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first writers to become a worldwide celebrity and earn a large fortune from writing. He was also an innovator in the genre that would later become known as science fiction.

His most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories "To Build a Fire", "An Odyssey of the North", and "Love of Life". He also wrote about the South Pacific in stories such as "The Pearls of Parlay", and "The Heathen".

London was part of the radical literary group "The Crowd" in San Francisco and a passionate advocate of unionization, workers' rights, socialism, and eugenics. He wrote several works dealing with these topics, such as his dystopian novel The Iron Heel, his non-fiction exposé The People of the Abyss, War of the Classes, and Before Adam.
Disambiguation notice
Robert L. Fish finished London's uncompleted novel The Assassination Bureau, Ltd. and is sometimes credited as the author of that work.

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“He was beaten (he knew that); but he was not broken. He saw, once for all, that he stood no chance against a man with a club. He had learned the lesson, and in all his after life he never forgot it. That club was a revelation. It was his introduction to the reign of primitive law, and he met the introduction halfway. The facts of life took on a fiercer aspect; and while he faced that aspect uncowed, he faced it with all the latent cunning of his nature aroused.” Jack London, The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild (aka "Unbroken" with dogs)

I couldn't remember if I read this or "White Fang" in high school, but I know I read one of them (maybe both!) In any case, since I couldn't remember I decided to revisit this classic via audio book.

I don't usually read "adventure" stories, but found much appreciation for this tale, especially as it was told from the perspective of a dog, Buck, who was kidnapped from a California farm and sold to traders during the Alaskan gold rush to be worked as a sled dog. Modern readers may have a hard time reading (or listening) to the literal dog-eat-dog conditions and depictions of animal cruelty.

While written about dogs, I found the whole tale to be an allegory of the human experience. How and why a person can behave like their most primitive self when forcefully removed from the comfort of home; how a being relates to unconditional love instead of force and punishment; and the far-reaching implications of ineptitude.

4 stars.
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jj24 | 323 other reviews | May 27, 2024 |
raccolta di racconti
non fa per me
 
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LLonaVahine | 28 other reviews | May 22, 2024 |
A classic tale about a dog who goes on an adventure in Alaska and learns to live by the Law of Club and Fang. Some parts have aged a little, but a fairly straight forward story. A short audiobook - almost 4 hours. Out of 5 calls to the wild, 4 were answered. One went straight to voicemail.
 
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umbet | 323 other reviews | May 21, 2024 |
Being my first foray in reading Jack London, I have to say I was impressed with both The Call of the Wild and White Fang. One can really see that Jack London had a passion for nature as well as animals, and his abilities to observe and interpret those things are evident in his writing.

The thing that struck me most about reading The Call of the Wild and White Fang in one collection was how much the stories parallel each other. The Call of the Wild begins with Buck, a "soft Southland dog," who is stolen and sold as a sled dog to some men on their way to the Klondike gold rush. Buck is shocked by this new, harsh life in the cold North, but through his struggles his instincts harken back to his ancestors, and he learns what it means to survive in such a world. While I enjoyed The Call of the Wild, I will admit I did not like it as much as White Fang. The Call of the Wild to me was pretty bleak and depressing, and almost repetitive. The majority of the story involves Buck being handed off from one owner to another, and each new owner beats the living daylights out of him. That is, until he meets John Thornton who reminds him what it's like to have a "love relationship" with man. But then... John Thornton is killed by a raiding party of Indians. Buck loses all remnants of his "Southland" nature, and becomes like a true wolf, taking his revenge on the Indians. (And I am thoroughly reminded of how the film Jeremiah Johnson ends.... "The Indians have killed everyone I love, I shall kill them in revenge and become a legend." Anyone? Anyone?) Anyways. There is really little relief from the bleakness that pervades the story.

White Fang, on the other hand, goes much in the opposite direction. While The Call of the Wild begins on a happy note and ends on a sad one, White Fang starts out somewhat bleak and ends happy. However, you do not get the same unending bleakness that you experience while reading the bulk of The Call of the Wild. Interspersed with the instances of mankind's abuse to White Fang are incredible descriptions of the beauty and harshness of the North, as well as interesting insights on the instinct, nature and reasoning of a dog. White Fang begins with a couple of dog-mushers who are delivering the body of a wealthy man back to civilization. However, they encounter trouble with a starving pack of wolves, who slowly and cleverly begin picking off their sled dogs... and the men themselves. We soon discover that one of the wolves is White Fang's mother – a half-wolf, half-dog mix-breed. The story goes on to describe White Fang's birth and discovery of the world, as well as the various people he is owned by. His early life is not easy, and his nature is slowly consumed by hate and a vicious will to live. It is not until he meets his final owner, that he, like Buck, learns what it is to have a love-relationship with a man. His hate turns to extreme loyalty through whatever may happen. But, unlike Buck, White Fang departs from his wild wolf-nature in exchange for the love and happiness he experiences with his owner.

That is what makes reading these two stories back to back so interesting – the parallels. The way Buck's story begins is the way White Fang's ends. And I am a sucker for happy endings, thus probably one of the major reasons why I preferred White Fang. The other things I really liked about reading Jack London was the way he interpreted how a dog might think or perceive the world. It's believable – it seems like the way a dog actually would think, if they indeed think with such complexity. The fact that he doesn't anthropomorphize them makes it much more believable and interesting for me. Overall, I would individually give The Call of the Wild 3 stars, and White Fang 4. I would recommend it to dog and animal lovers, or anyone looking for a good nature adventure story.
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