Jack London: An American Life

Jack London: An American Life

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Hardcover, Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2013, ISBN13 9780374178482, ISBN10 0374178488
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"The first authorized biography of a great American novelist"--

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"The first authorized biography of a great American novelist"--

A revelatory look at the life of the great American author--and how it shaped his most beloved works

Jack London 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.

In "Jack London: An American Life," the noted Jack London scholar Earle Labor 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, Labor resurrects a major American novelist in his full fire and glory.

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Number of Pages: 461
Original Languages: English
Subject: AUTHORS_BIOGRAPHY ,  LONDON, JACK, 1876-1916
Author: Labor, Earle
Target Audience: Trade
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
ISBN-13: 9780374178482
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10: 0374178488
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