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Jack London

An American Life
Labor, Earle (Book - 2013 )
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The first authorized biography of great American novelist, Jack London. He was born a working class, fatherless Californian in 1876. In his youth, he was a boundlessly energetic adventurer on the bustling West Coast, an oyster pirate, a hobo, a sailor, and a prospector by turns. He spent his brief life rapidly accumulating the experiences that would inform his acclaimed bestselling books: The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and The Sea-Wolf. The bare outlines of his story suggest a classic rags-to-riches tale, but London the man was plagued by contradictions. He chronicled nature at its most savage but wept helplessly at the deaths of his favorite animals. At his peak the highest paid writer in the United States, he was nevertheless forced to work under constant pressure for money. An irrepressibly optimistic crusader for social justice and a lover of humanity, he was also subject to spells of bitter invective, especially as his health declined. Branded by shortsighted critics as little more than a hack who produced a couple of memorable dog stories, he left behind a voluminous literary legacy, much of it ripe for rediscovery. Here the author, a noted Jack London scholar explores the brilliant and complicated novelist lost behind the myth, at once a hard-living globe-trotter and a man alive with ideas whose passion for seeking new worlds to explore never waned until the day he died. Returning London to his proper place in the American pantheon, the author resurrects a major American novelist in his full fire and glory. -- Provided by publisher. Describes the adventurous life of the great American author, who spent time as a hobo, a sailor, a gold prospector, and an oyster pirate before penning such classics as "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang."
Authors: Labor, Earle, 1928-
Title: Jack London
an American life
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: xviii, 461 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Mothers and fathers
Childhood's end
The apostate
A boy among men
The dream as nightmare
The open road
A man among boys
Higher education
The golden dream
Breakthrough : "Overland" and "The black cat"
Best in class: "The Atlantic"
Marriage and success
In key with the world
Anna and the "abyss"
The wonderful year
The wages of war
The long sickness
The valley of the moon
Catastrophe
Paradise lost
Paradise momentarily regained
Inferno
The agrarian dream and loss of joy
Four horses for a chicken thief
Unlucky thirteen
New York, Mexico, and home again
A sea-change
Silver speech, golden silence.
Summary: The first authorized biography of great American novelist, Jack London. He was born a working class, fatherless Californian in 1876. In his youth, he was a boundlessly energetic adventurer on the bustling West Coast, an oyster pirate, a hobo, a sailor, and a prospector by turns. He spent his brief life rapidly accumulating the experiences that would inform his acclaimed bestselling books: The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and The Sea-Wolf. The bare outlines of his story suggest a classic rags-to-riches tale, but London the man was plagued by contradictions. He chronicled nature at its most savage but wept helplessly at the deaths of his favorite animals. At his peak the highest paid writer in the United States, he was nevertheless forced to work under constant pressure for money. An irrepressibly optimistic crusader for social justice and a lover of humanity, he was also subject to spells of bitter invective, especially as his health declined. Branded by shortsighted critics as little more than a hack who produced a couple of memorable dog stories, he left behind a voluminous literary legacy, much of it ripe for rediscovery. Here the author, a noted Jack London scholar explores the brilliant and complicated novelist lost behind the myth, at once a hard-living globe-trotter and a man alive with ideas whose passion for seeking new worlds to explore never waned until the day he died. Returning London to his proper place in the American pantheon, the author resurrects a major American novelist in his full fire and glory. -- Provided by publisher.
Describes the adventurous life of the great American author, who spent time as a hobo, a sailor, a gold prospector, and an oyster pirate before penning such classics as "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang."
Local Note: 15 35 53 109 118 133 138 148 149 173 182 198 203 210 211 226 231 237 243 244 262 276
ISBN: 0374178488
9780374178482
Statement of Responsibility: Earle Labor
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages [387]-434) and index.
Subject Headings: Authors, American 20th century Biography. Authors, American 19th century Biography. London, Jack, 1876-1916.
Topical Term: Authors, American
Authors, American
LCCN: 2012050948
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