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              Jack London

              A picture of the author Jack London

              Jack London (Jan 12, 1876 - Nov 22, 1916) was an American author best known for writing The Call of the Wild. Jack London was his pen name, likely born in San Francisco, California as John Griffith Chaney. Like the restive characters in his works, London sought a variety of experiences as a young man including sailor, hobo and an agitator for jobs during the depression. He also wrote some of the earliest Dystopian Fiction, including The Iron Heel which portrays America under tyrannical rule, written ten years before the Bolsheviks took over Russia.

              During his vagrant period, he spent thirty days in the Erie County jail in New York:

              "Man-handling was merely one of the very minor unprintable horrors of the Erie County Pen. I say 'unprintable'; and in justice I must also say 'unthinkable'. They were unthinkable to me until I saw them, and I was no spring chicken in the ways of the world and the awful abysses of human degradation. It would take a deep plummet to reach bottom in the Erie County Pen, and I do but skim lightly and facetiously the surface of things as I there saw them."

              Jack London, The Call of the WildLondon became a well-known writer and was one of the first to achieve true financial success from his writings. His success brought controversy as well. He was prodigious writer producing over 500 works and was often accused of plagiarism. The manner in which he chose to work contributed to those accusations; he bought plots for stories and novels from a young Sinclair Lewis and he used incidents read in newspapers as material for his stories.

              London's most famous short story, particularly popular in both middle- and high school language arts classes, is To Build a Fire. His best-selling book during his lifetime was his 1910 novel Burning Daylight.

              Jack London, quote about hand dealtA couple of favorite Jack London quotes:
              "Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well."
              "The most beautiful stories always start with wreckage."
              "A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog."

              Enjoy our useful The Call of the Wild Study Guide, and visit our retrospective of Jack London images on Pinterest.

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              Short Stories

              A Curious Fragment
              A Daughter of the Aurora
              A Day's Lodging
              A Flutter in Eggs
              A Hyperborean Brew
              All Gold Canyon
              Aloha Oe
              Amateur Night
              An Adventure in the Upper Sea
              An Odyssey of the North
              A Nose for the King
              A Piece of Steak
              A Raid on the Oyster Pirates
              A Relic of the Pliocene
              At the Rainbow's End
              A Wicked Woman
              Brown Wolf
              Bunches of Knuckles
              By the Turtles of the Tasman
              Charley's Coup
              Chris Farrington: Able Seaman
              Chun Ah Chun
              Created He Them
              Demetrios Contos
              Dutch Courage
              Flush of Gold
              Four Horses and a Sailor
              Good-bye, Jack
              Grit of Women
              Hoboes That Pass in the Night
              Holding Her Down
              In a Far Country
              In the Forests of the North
              In Yeddo Bay
              Jack London
              Jack London, by Himself
              Jan, the Unrepentant
              Just Meat
              Keesh, the Son of Keesh
              Koolau the Leper
              Like Argus of the Ancient Times
              Li Wan, the Fair
              Local Color
              Lost Face
              Love of Life
              Make Westing
              Nam-bok the Unveracious
              Negore, the Coward
              Nothing that Ever Came to Anything
              On the Makaloa Mat
              Our Adventures In Tampico
              Road-Kids and Gay-Cats
              Semper Idem
              Shorty Dreams
              South of the Slot
              Stalking The Pestilence
              That Dead Men Rise up Never
              That Spot
              The Apostate
              The Banks of the Sacramento
              The Benefit of the Doubt
              The Bones of Kahekili
              The Chinago
              The Curious Fragment
              The Death of Ligoun
              The Dream of Debs
              The End of the Story
              The Enemy of All the World
              The Eternity of Forms
              The Faith of Men
              The First Poet
              The "Francis Spaight"
              The "Fuzziness" of Hoockla-Heen
              The God of His Fathers
              The Great Interrogation
              The Hanging of Cultus George
              The Heathen
              The Hobo and the Fairy
              The House of Mapuhi
              The House of Pride
              The Human Drift
              The Hussy
              The Inevitable White Man
              The Kanaka Surf
              The King of Mazy May
              The King of the Greeks
              The Law of Life
              The League of the Old Men
              The Leopard Man's Story
              The Little Man
              The Lost Poacher
              The Madness of John Harned
              The Man on the Other Bank
              The Man with the Gash
              The Marriage of Lit-lit
              The Master of Mystery
              The Meat
              The Men of Forty Mile
              The Mexican
              The Minions of Midas
              The Mistake of Creation
              The Night-Born
              The One Thousand Dozen
              The Passing of Marcus O'Brien
              The Pen
              The Priestly Prerogative
              The Princess
              The Prodigal Father
              The Race for Number One
              The Red Game Of War
              The Red One
              The Scarlet Plaque
              The Scorn of Women
              The Sea-Farmer
              The Seed of McCoy
              The Shadow and the Flash
              The Sheriff of Kona
              The Sickness of Lone Chief
              The Siege of the "Lancashire Queen"
              The Son of the Wolf
              The Stampede to Squaw Creek
              The Story of Jees Uck
              The Story of Keesh
              The Strength of the Strong
              The Sun-Dog Trail
              The Sunlanders
              The Taste of the Meat
              The Tears of Ah Kim
              The Terrible Solomons
              The Town-Site of Tra-Lee
              The Trouble Makers Of Mexico
              The Unexpected
              The Unparalleled Invasion
              The Water Baby
              The Whale Tooth
              The White Man's Way
              The White Silence
              The Wife of a King
              The Wisdom of the Trail
              The Wit of Porportuk
              To Build a Fire
              To Kill a Man
              Told in the Drooling Ward
              Too Much Gold
              To Repel Boarders
              To the Man on the Trail
              Two Thousand Stiffs
              Typhoon Off the Coast of Japan
              Under the Deck Awnings
              When Alice Told her Soul
              When God Laughs
              When the World Was Young
              Where the Trail Forks
              Which Make Men Remember
              White and Yellow
              Winged Blackmail
              With Funston’s Men
              Wonder of Woman
              "Yah! Yah! Yah!"
              Yellow Handkerchief



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