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The Abysmal Brute

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From The Book of Jack London, Volume 2 by Charmian London:

"On September 9, Jack went to Colma, as one of a constellation of The Examiner's star writers, to do the Britt-Nelson prizefight. It was in the course of this write-up he coined another catch-phrase that went into the language of the country, as "the call of the wild," "the white silence," and even "the game" had become almost household words. This time it was "the abysmal brute," to which certain pugilists took ...

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From The Book of Jack London, Volume 2 by Charmian London:

"On September 9, Jack went to Colma, as one of a constellation of The Examiner's star writers, to do the Britt-Nelson prizefight. It was in the course of this write-up he coined another catch-phrase that went into the language of the country, as "the call of the wild," "the white silence," and even "the game" had become almost household words. This time it was "the abysmal brute," to which certain pugilists took exception until they came to realize the author's meaning-the life that refuses to quit and lie down even after consciousness has ceased.

"By 'abysmal brute,' Jack would extemporize, 'I mean the basic life deeper than the brain and the intellect in living things. Intelligence rests upon it; and when intelligence goes, it still remains. The abysmal brute life,' he illustrated, 'that causes the heart of a gutted dog-fish to beat in one's hand-you've seen them do that when we were fishing off the Key Route pier,' I was reminded. 'Or the beak of a slain turtle to close and bite off a man's finger; it's the life force that makes a fighter go on fighting even though he is past all direction from his intelligence.' So enamored was he of his own phrase that eight years afterward he used it for title of another prize-fight novel."

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  • ISBN-13: 9781497583177
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/7/2014
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.23 (d)

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John Griffith "Jack" London (born John Griffith Chaney, January 12, 1876 - November 22, 1916) was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone.[6] He is best remembered as the author of Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories "To Build a Fire", "An Odyssey of the North", and "Love of Life".[citation needed] He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as "The Pearls of Parlay" and "The Heathen", and of the San Francisco Bay area in The Sea Wolf.

London was a passionate advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers and wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics such as his dystopian novel, The Iron Heel and his non-fiction exposé, The People of the Abyss.

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