New PDF release: Jack London: An American Original

By Rebecca Stefoff

Some of the most liked writers of all time, Jack London is better remembered for his stories of event, corresponding to White Fang and the decision of the Wild. Jack London paints a well-rounded photograph of London's brief, intrepid existence, his prolific writings, his strangely transparent and direct portrayal of individuals of other races, and his struggles with writing. The e-book contains excerpts, images, maps, feedback for extra analyzing, and a listing of locations to go to.

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At the time these were new, revolutionary, ideas, and they were reshaping the thinking of people around the world. London thrived on the sense that his mind was expanding, that he was in touch with important things, and that he was finally becoming a person of brain, not brawn. He allied himself with the socialist cause, joining the local branch of the Socialist Labor Party in 1896. He earned the nickname "boy socialist" as he tried to explain what he meant by socialism through speeches he made in City Hall Park and letters that he published in the newspapers.

The ship turned south to Yokohama, Japan, where the captain would sell the hides. Jack London saw no more of Japan, however, than he had seen of the Bonin Islands. The ship was in port for two weeks, which Jack spent in the waterfront saloons that catered to sailors. According to his account in John Barleycorn, the fun ended when the port police came after him. Fearing arrest for drunken, rowdy behavior, he dove into the water and swam a mile back to the ship. From Yokohama the Sophia Sutherland headed back to San Francisco.

His stepsister Eliza lived nearby and, thoughtful and generous as always, helped enormously with his preparations. She bought him a table to study on, a bicycle to ride 42 THE ROAD | to school and to his evening jobs, and some much-needed dental work. The 19-year-old London had never owned a toothbrush or visited a dentist, and he had already lost several of his upper front teeth. Eliza paid to have false teeth made to replace the ones that were missing, and Jack bought his first toothbrush, hoping to save the rest.

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