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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) — biography from The Call of the Wild… (more)
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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 18,539 copies, 303 reviews
White Fang (Author) 11,295 copies, 119 reviews
The Call of the Wild / White Fang 4,542 copies, 39 reviews
The Sea Wolf 4,110 copies, 50 reviews
Martin Eden 1,797 copies, 31 reviews
The Iron Heel 1,394 copies, 37 reviews
To Build a Fire and Other Stories 1,038 copies, 23 reviews
The Star Rover 670 copies, 23 reviews
The People of the Abyss (Author) 630 copies, 27 reviews
John Barleycorn: Alcoholic Memoirs 550 copies, 13 reviews
South Sea Tales 531 copies, 10 reviews
The Scarlet Plague 529 copies, 26 reviews
Jack London: Tales of the North 460 copies, 5 reviews
Before Adam 417 copies, 10 reviews
The Sea-Wolf and Other Stories 365 copies, 7 reviews
The Road 362 copies, 9 reviews
The Cruise of the Snark 323 copies, 7 reviews
The Call of the Wild [abridged - Classic Starts] (Original Text) 293 copies, 2 reviews
The Assassination Bureau, Ltd. 290 copies, 10 reviews
Burning Daylight 288 copies, 1 review
Smoke Bellew 234 copies, 2 reviews
The Valley of the Moon 224 copies, 4 reviews
A Daughter of the Snows 177 copies, 4 reviews
The Mutiny of the Elsinore 157 copies, 3 reviews
Adventure 155 copies, 2 reviews
The Game 146 copies, 4 reviews
Children of the Frost 144 copies, 2 reviews
Jerry of the Islands 142 copies, 6 reviews
The Cruise of the Dazzler 136 copies, 4 reviews
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Tales of the Fish Patrol 122 copies, 3 reviews
Love of Life and Other Stories 119 copies, 3 reviews
A Son of the Sun 119 copies
La quimera del oro 118 copies, 4 reviews
Stories of Hawaii 105 copies, 2 reviews
The Little Lady of the Big House 102 copies, 4 reviews
Stories of Adventure 101 copies, 2 reviews
Lost Face 89 copies
Le morti concentriche 62 copies, 4 reviews
The Abysmal Brute 60 copies, 1 review
Moon-Face 59 copies
The Red One and Other Stories 53 copies, 1 review
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Hearts of Three 51 copies
The Best of Jack London 48 copies, 2 reviews
Jack London 44 copies
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The Night Born 36 copies
Le mille e una morte 34 copies, 1 review
A Piece of Steak [short story] 34 copies, 2 reviews
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Invisible Men 29 copies
Los vagabundos 28 copies
Stories of the North 23 copies, 1 review
21 Essential American Short Stories (Contributor) 19 copies, 1 review
To Build a Fire [short story] 18 copies, 1 review
Alaska 17 copies, 1 review
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The Human Drift 13 copies
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Brown Wolf 12 copies
Cuentos 11 copies, 3 reviews
Deniz Kurdu 10 copies
Ateş Yakmak 10 copies
LA HUELGA GENERAL 9 copies, 1 review
Theft 9 copies
Rivoluzione 9 copies
The Letters of Jack London 8 copies, 1 review
KNOCK OUT 8 copies
Demir Okce 8 copies
Narraciones 8 copies, 1 review
Batard 7 copies
The Heathen 7 copies
Mapuhis Haus 6 copies
Goldsucher 6 copies
Alaskagold 5 copies
The Pan Book of Revenge Stories (Contributor) 5 copies
That Spot 4 copies, 2 reviews
O Mexicano 4 copies
Call of the Wild [1935 film] (Original book) 4 copies
La hoguera 4 copies, 1 review
Colț Alb 4 copies
The Apostate 4 copies, 1 review
El Idólatra 4 copies
Tre hjerter I 4 copies
Kid & Co 4 copies
White Fang 3 copies
Mauki 3 copies
L'appel de la forêt (Author) 3 copies
A kalózhajó 3 copies
Profession : écrivain 3 copies, 1 review
Dutch Courage 3 copies
O Pagão 3 copies
In den Slums 3 copies
London 3 copies
Solens son 2 copies
隐身试验 2 copies
Yön lapsi 2 copies
El rojo 2 copies
Nam Bok 2 copies
Short Stories 2 copies
Měsíční údolí 2 copies, 1 review
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Elu seadus 2 copies
Kma lapsed 2 copies
Gullgravere 2 copies
MeksikalI; 2 copies
Eraa kutsuu 2 copies
Aurora espléndida 2 copies, 1 review
Book Guide 2 copies
L'appel de la forêt (Author) 2 copies, 1 review
Nowele 2 copies
Livsgnisten 2 copies
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Goldcañon 2 copies
Mauki 2 copies
Finis 2 copies
Jack London photographe 2 copies, 1 review
Dehset Ulkesi 2 copies
Зов предков 1 copy, 1 review
El pagano 1 copy, 1 review
Goldcañon 1 copy
Kuunlaakso 1 copy
Pakkopaita 1 copy
Kvinnor 1 copy
Il pagano 1 copy
[No title] 1 copy
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Alaska Kid 1 copy
(all) 1 copy
Moonface 1 copy
Rautakorko 1 copy
FOCUL 1 copy
Six Illustrated Classics (Author) 1 copy
Contos 1 copy, 1 review
Westwärts 1 copy
Mouchoir jaune 1 copy, 1 review
Izlase I 1 copy
Soi Bien 1 copy
Horror 5 1 copy
Beyaz Diþ 1 copy
Hele verdens fjende 1 copy, 1 review
Die Liebe zum Leben (Author) 1 copy
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DONEK 1 copy
The Scab 1 copy
Susikoira 1 copy
elt 1 copy
Ulvehunden 1 copy
Ulf Larsen 1 copy
Zlato 1 copy
Aloha Oe 1 copy
Når Naturen kalder 1 copy, 1 review
Canionul 1 copy
La Folie de John Harned 1 copy, 1 review
Bald-Face 1 copy
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Harte Kost 1 copy
Trilogia 1 copy
L'apostat 1 copy
The tramp 1 copy
White Fang 1 copy
På luffen 1 copy
Intihar 1 copy
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Contributor, some editions) 882 copies, 7 reviews
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (Contributor) 712 copies, 3 reviews
The Science Fiction Century (Contributor) 508 copies, 4 reviews
Fifty Great American Short Stories (Contributor) 408 copies, 3 reviews
Science Fiction Omnibus (Contributor) 329 copies, 7 reviews
A Treasury of Short Stories (Contributor) 282 copies
The Treasury of American Short Stories (Contributor) 254 copies, 1 review
100 Dastardly Little Detective Stories (Contributor) 201 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of American Short Stories (Contributor) 180 copies, 1 review
The New Junior Classics Volume 07: The Animal Book (Contributor) 172 copies, 2 reviews
Great Stories of the Sea & Ships (Contributor) 161 copies
The New Junior Classics Volume 09: Sport and Adventure (Contributor) 159 copies, 2 reviews
The Saturday Evening Post Treasury (Contributor) 130 copies
An Anthology of Famous American Stories (Contributor) 129 copies, 1 review
Stories of the Sea (Contributor) 123 copies, 3 reviews
Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent (Contributor, some editions) 121 copies
Science Fiction Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (Contributor) 115 copies, 1 review
The Big Book of Adventure Stories (Contributor) 104 copies, 3 reviews
Dystopia Utopia: Short Stories (Contributor) 104 copies
Great Tales of Action and Adventure (Contributor) 100 copies, 2 reviews
Stories to Stay Awake By (Contributor) 96 copies
The Arbor House Treasury of Great Western Stories (Contributor) 94 copies, 1 review
A Treasury of American Horror Stories (Contributor) 91 copies, 2 reviews
More Stories to Remember, Volume I (Contributor) 80 copies, 1 review
Adventure Stories (Contributor) 78 copies, 1 review
The Folio Book of Short Novels (Contributor) 74 copies, 1 review
The Fantastic Pulps (Contributor) 69 copies, 2 reviews
Famous Fantastic Mysteries (Contributor) 64 copies, 1 review
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200 Years of Great American Short Stories (Contributor) 62 copies, 1 review
Crime and Mystery Short Stories (Contributor) 60 copies
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White Fang [1991 film] (Original book) 52 copies
The Oxford Book of Sea Stories (Contributor) 45 copies, 1 review
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65 Great Murder Mysteries (Contributor) 39 copies
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Best South Sea Stories (Contributor) 28 copies
101 Mystery Stories (Contributor) 26 copies
Famous and Curious Animal Stories (Contributor) 26 copies, 1 review
Science Fiction Stories (Macmillan Readers) (Contributor) 26 copies, 1 review
Jack London, Photographer (Photographer) 25 copies, 1 review
Short Stories of the Sea (Contributor) 25 copies
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Shot in the Dark (Contributor) 24 copies
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Great Tales of Madness and the Macabre (Contributor) 22 copies, 2 reviews
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The Penguin Book of Sea Stories (Contributor) 14 copies
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Back from the Dead (Contributor) 14 copies
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Classic American Short Stories [2016] (Contributor) 11 copies, 3 reviews
Gringos in Mexico: An Anthology (Contributor) 10 copies
The Western Hall of Fame Anthology (Contributor) 10 copies
Labor and American politics; a book of readings (Contributor, some editions) 9 copies
Great Western short stories (Contributor) 9 copies
A Treasury of Doctor Stories (Contributor) 9 copies
A Cavalcade of Collier's (Contributor) 9 copies
Classic American Short Stories [1996] (Contributor) 8 copies, 2 reviews
The Short Story & You (Contributor) 7 copies
Five Great Dog Novels (Contributor) 6 copies
Focus (Contributor) 6 copies
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Our lives : American labor stories (Contributor) 6 copies
The Wide Sea (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
American Short Stories (Contributor) 3 copies, 1 review
12 fröhliche Geschichten (Contributor) 3 copies
Short Fiction: Shape and Substance (Contributor) 3 copies
Great Tales of the Far West (Contributor) 2 copies
Die schönsten Hunde-Geschichten (Contributor) 2 copies
Historier fra de syv have (Author, some editions) 2 copies, 1 review
Enjoying Stories (Contributor) 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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