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

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

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

The Call of the Wild 16,692 copies, 287 reviews
White Fang 10,340 copies, 111 reviews
The Call of the Wild / White Fang 4,097 copies, 36 reviews
The Sea Wolf 3,764 copies, 47 reviews
Martin Eden 1,659 copies, 29 reviews
The Iron Heel 1,275 copies, 35 reviews
To Build a Fire and Other Stories 955 copies, 20 reviews
The Star Rover 624 copies, 21 reviews
The People of the Abyss (Author) 583 copies, 24 reviews
John Barleycorn: Alcoholic Memoirs 511 copies, 14 reviews
South Sea Tales 489 copies, 8 reviews
The Scarlet Plague 479 copies, 22 reviews
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Before Adam 380 copies, 9 reviews
The Road 343 copies, 9 reviews
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The Cruise of the Snark 303 copies, 7 reviews
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Burning Daylight 271 copies
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The Valley of the Moon 217 copies, 4 reviews
A Daughter of the Snows 165 copies, 4 reviews
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Children of the Frost 133 copies, 2 reviews
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Love of Life and Other Stories 112 copies, 3 reviews
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Stories of Hawaii 96 copies, 2 reviews
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Lost Face 79 copies
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Le morti concentriche 54 copies, 1 review
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The Night Born 32 copies
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Invisible Men 27 copies
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Relatos 13 copies, 1 review
Brown Wolf 11 copies
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The Letters of Jack London 8 copies, 1 review
Theft 8 copies
Narraciones 7 copies, 1 review
The Heathen 7 copies
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KNOCK OUT 7 copies
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That Spot 3 copies, 1 review
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Dutch Courage 3 copies
Goldcañon 2 copies
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Mauki 2 copies
Finis 2 copies
Solens son 2 copies
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Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Contributor, some editions) 846 copies, 6 reviews
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (Contributor) 675 copies, 2 reviews
The Science Fiction Century (Contributor) 482 copies, 4 reviews
Fifty Great American Short Stories (Contributor) 380 copies, 4 reviews
Science Fiction Omnibus (Contributor) 306 copies, 5 reviews
A Treasury of Short Stories (Contributor) 266 copies
100 Dastardly Little Detective Stories (Contributor) 188 copies, 1 review
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The New Junior Classics Volume 07: The Animal Book (Contributor) 168 copies, 2 reviews
The New Junior Classics Volume 09: Sport and Adventure (Contributor) 145 copies, 2 reviews
The Saturday Evening Post Treasury (Contributor) 117 copies
Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent (Contributor, some editions) 110 copies
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Great Tales of Action and Adventure (Contributor) 97 copies, 2 reviews
The Big Book of Adventure Stories (Contributor) 94 copies, 3 reviews
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A Century of Great Western Stories (Contributor) 88 copies
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A Treasury of American Horror Stories (Contributor) 80 copies, 2 reviews
Adventure Stories (Contributor) 71 copies, 1 review
More Stories to Remember, Volume I (Contributor) 70 copies, 1 review
The Folio Book of Short Novels (Contributor) 68 copies, 1 review
The Fantastic Pulps (Contributor) 67 copies, 2 reviews
Richard Adams's Favorite Animal Stories (Contributor) 59 copies, 1 review
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White Fang [1991 film] (Original book) 45 copies
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65 Great Murder Mysteries (Contributor) 31 copies
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Best South Sea Stories (Contributor) 25 copies
101 Mystery Stories (Contributor) 25 copies
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All verdens fortellere (Author, some editions) 13 copies, 1 review
Back from the Dead (Contributor) 12 copies
The Western Hall of Fame Anthology (Contributor) 9 copies
A Cavalcade of Collier's (Contributor) 9 copies
Gringos in Mexico: An Anthology (Contributor) 9 copies
A Treasury of Doctor Stories (Contributor) 8 copies
Labor and American politics; a book of readings (Contributor, some editions) 8 copies
Alaska Reader: Voices from the North (Contributor) 6 copies, 1 review
The Wide Sea (Contributor) 5 copies
Five Great Dog Novels (Contributor) 5 copies
Representative American Short Stories (Contributor) 5 copies, 1 review
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine - 1954/11 (Contributor, some editions) 4 copies
An Autobiography of America (Contributor) 4 copies
Call of the Wild [1935 film] (Original book) 3 copies
Historier fra de syv have (Author, some editions) 2 copies, 1 review
Die schönsten Hunde-Geschichten (Contributor) 2 copies
12 fröhliche Geschichten (Author) 2 copies
Stories of the South Seas (Contributor) 1 copy
Die schönsten Tiergeschichten (Contributor) 1 copy

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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.
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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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