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January 12, 1876, San Francisco, California, United States
November 22, 1916, Glen Ellen, California, United States
Novelist, Journalist, Short Story Writer and Essayist
January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916
Jack London, pseudonym of John Griffith Chaney, was an American novelist and short-story writer whose best-known works — among them The Call of the Wild (1903) and White Fang (1906) — depict elemental struggles for survival. During the 20th century he was one of the most extensively translated of American authors.
“Burning Daylight”, “Martin Eden”, “The Call of the Wild”, “The Cruise of the Snark”, “The Iron Heel”, “The Sea-Wolf”, “To Build a Fire”, “White Fang”
While part of what Jack London's novels are based upon is his life, there are also some themes that could arguably form the basis of many of London's works. These include evolution, socialism, animal activism, and a return to the land.
Jack London uses a very descriptive and straight forward Naturalist writing style. Jack London's work is realistic as it depicts burning issues of the American society at the beginning of the twentieth century.
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.
“You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
“I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.”
“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.”