An Autobiography of Jack London

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Jack London has been a best-selling author for more than one hundred years. In his short life (1876?1916) he wrote twenty-five novels and dozens of short stories, plays, and essays. Today he is recognized as a forerunner of such literary giants as Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and Jack Kerouac. Author of a number of well-known and well-loved stories in our literature (including White Fang, The Call of the Wild, and The Sea Wolf), London also worked as a day laborer, Alaskan gold rusher, and seaman. He ...

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Overview

Jack London has been a best-selling author for more than one hundred years. In his short life (1876–1916) he wrote twenty-five novels and dozens of short stories, plays, and essays. Today he is recognized as a forerunner of such literary giants as Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and Jack Kerouac. Author of a number of well-known and well-loved stories in our literature (including White Fang, The Call of the Wild, and The Sea Wolf), London also worked as a day laborer, Alaskan gold rusher, and seaman. He was also an adventurer, journalist, celebrity, polemicist, and drunk.

An Autobiography of Jack London is a revealing portrait of the man who was Jack London—in his own words—and is largely composed of excerpts from his memoirs: The Road, John Barleycorn, and The Cruise of the Snark. Rather than a mere biographical summary of a man’s life, An Autobiography of Jack London

aims to give the reader real insight into the character and personality of this uniquely American literary icon. This book is illustrated throughout with more than forty drawings, facsimile pages from his works, and contemporary photographs, many taken by London himself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620873649
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/2/2013
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 822,662
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Brennan is the coauthor of The Adventurous Boy's Handbook and The Adventurous Girl's Handbook, and editor of The Best Pirate Stories Ever Told and The Best Sailing Stories Ever Told. He has worked as a circus clown, teacher, cabaret artist, actor, director, shepherd, and playwright.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part 1 The Road 1

Chapter 1 Confession 3

Chapter 2 Holding Her Down 17

Chapter 3 Pictures 35

Chapter 4 "Pinched" 47

Chapter 5 The Pen 61

Chapter 6 Hoboes That Pass in the Night 75

Chapter 7 Road-Kids and Gay-Cats 93

Chapter 8 Two Thousand Stiffs 107

Chapter 9 Bulls 119

Part 2 The Cruise of the Snark 135

Chapter 10 Forward 137

Chapter 11 The Inconceivable and Monstrous 147

Chapter 12 Adventure 161

Chapter 13 Finding One's Way About 169

Chapter 14 First Landfall 179

Chapter 15 Royal Sport 187

Chapter 16 Lepers of Molokai 199

Chapter 17 The House of the Sun 213

Chapter 18 A Pacific Traverse 227

Chapter 19 Typee 243

Chapter 20 Nature Man 257

Chapter 21 The High Seat of Abundance 271

Chapter 22 Cruising in the Solomons 287

Chapter 23 Amateur M.D. 307

Chapter 24 Back Word 325

Part 3 John Barleycorn 329

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