Call of the Wild and White Fang (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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The Call of the Wild and White Fang, by Jack London, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:
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Jack London’s two greatest novels, The Call of the Wild and White Fang—originally intended as companions—are here compiled in one volume. The Call of the Wild centers on a domesticated dog, Buck, who is kidnapped and sold to Klondike gold hunters. To survive Buck must listen to the Call and learn the ways of his wolf-ancestors, who guide him from within.

White Fang tells the story of a half-wolf, half-dog nearly destroyed by the vicious cruelty of men. Brought to the very brink of his existence, White Fang is lucky enough to experience the one thing that can save him—human love.

Adventurer and activist, philosopher and alcoholic, Jack London was a man of great contradictions and greater talent. Both of these novels are written in a simple, direct, and powerful style that decades of readers have admired and that writers have imitated.

Tina Gianquitto holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from Columbia University and currently teaches at The College of the Mines in Colorado.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593080020
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Classics Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 101,439
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.68 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Tina Gianquitto holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from Columbia University and currently teaches at The College of the Mines in Colorado.
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From Tina Gianquitto's Introduction to The Call of the Wild and White Fang

By the time London boarded the steamer for his trip from San Francisco to Alaska, he had already led a colorful and dramatic life. He was a sloop owner and oyster poacher on San Francisco Bay and a deputy for the Fish Patrol at fifteen, a sailor traveling through the North and South Pacific hunting seals at seventeen, a coal-shoveler in a power plant, a Socialist, and a tramp at eighteen. By nineteen, a weary London saw himself, with others of the working classes, near "the bottom of the [Social] Pit . . . myself above them, not far, and hanging on to the slippery wall by main strength and sweat" (London, War of the Classes, pp. 274-275; see "For Further Reading"). Although London was far from relinquishing his love of the active life, he feared being ruled by it. London fought in these early years to educate himself, and by that education to get himself out of the hard-laboring classes. As his hero informs his readers in the semi-autobiographical novel Martin Eden, writing offered a way to stoke the fires of both the body and the imagination, and so with characteristic determination, London set himself to the task of becoming a professional writer. By 1896, however, he realized that writing alone could not support a hungry family. The following year, London and his brother-in-law Captain James H. Shepard decided to try their luck panning for gold in the recently discovered strikes along the Yukon River in the Klondike.

After disembarking in Juneau, Alaska, London, Shepard and their companions made their way to Dyea, the principle departure point for the gold fields of the Yukon and the Klondike. Buck travels the same trails that London covered-leaving Dyea, making the arduous climb over Chilcoot Pass, and pushing on to Lakes Linderman and Bennett before making the waters of the Yukon River. From here, the party traveled downstream, toward Dawson City, where they navigated the dangerous White Horse and Five Finger Rapids before reaching the relative safety of Split-Up Island, 80 miles from Dawson between the Stewart River and Henderson Creek. London staked a claim near here and made a brief visit to Dawson City to record the claim. He returned to the island, where the group passed the winter in an old miner's cabin. These long five months proved difficult for London, who contracted scurvy by the spring from poor diet and lack of exercise.

Upon his return to San Francisco in 1898, London began his writing career in earnest. Clearly, the Klondike turned London into a writer of note, not only because he was able to tap into a ready market for all things Gold Rush, but more important, because the landscape offered London a barren theater for his characters to work out their paths in life. If, as London believed, environment determined the course of an individual's life, then the austere and brutal, yet ultimately simple environment of the North tested the capacities of the individual (and by extension, the species) to adapt to the environment.

London's intellectual experiences during the winter spent on Split-Up Island are as important as his physical ones; he spent his time reading, rereading, and sharing with his friends the two books he carried with him to the wilderness: Milton's Paradise Lost and Darwin's On the Origin of Species. Less than a year after his return to San Francisco, London summed up his understanding of Darwin in a letter to his friend Cloudesley Johns: "Natural selection, undeviating, pitiless, careless alike of the individual or the species, destroyed or allowed to perpetuate, as the case might be, such breeds as were unfittest or fittest to survive" (Labor, p. 101). Such struggle characterizes human and animal life in The Call of the Wild and White Fang.

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  • Posted June 17, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Jack London's The Call of the Wild and White Fang

    Lately I have been picking up many Barnes and Nobles classics for their great price and better than average quality. So a couple weeks ago I went to Barnes and Noble and picked up the very book I am reviewing. I looked at the appealing price (Eight dollars), the fact that it was a hardcover, and the nice ruffled paper. I started reading it a few days later and finished it in three days flat. I was taken into the frigid and brutal Alaskan wilderness and followed the dogs that Jack London created. I thought it was a great book overall. It has an interesting setting and time (the Klondike gold rush), and was written well, in my opinion. Now if you like dogs, then this book will be a more meaningful and powerful read for you. Now there was some brutal parts in the book(No spoilers, dont worry), but I think that Jack London included them to show the power of nature and give you a different feeling of the book. Now a big thing that I have learned with Barnes and Noble classics in general is that one should read the Introduction AFTER reading the book (Do I smell a paradox?). For some odd reason Barnes and Noble feels the need to spoil the entire story before you even hit page one. The introduction gives away the plot, many events, and, basically, just made you waste eight dollars if you got the book for enjoyment only. I really think they should make it a Conclusion.But, the Introduction is very helpful for giving one a better understanding of the book, and I, personally find it quite interesting and find it helps connect some "dots" of the book if I read the Introduction AFTER I have read the book in full. Now if you are reading this review, you may have noticed that it is "out of stock" or something to that degree (It is as I am writing this). If I am correct, I remember looking at a hardcover Barnes and Noble classics named "The Count of Monte Cristo," and it said the same thing(out of stock). But when I checked a couple weeks later it was "in stock." So if one really wants this book, it should, if I am correct, be "in stock" in some weeks. If not, just buy the paperback copy. The paper is good and the only difference is that its not a hardcover (Did I mention its cheaper?)

    So, in summary: Great Book,great value, and read the Introduction after reading the book.

    Hope you like it as much as I did :)

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Excellent excellent excellent.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Still a Favorite!

    I read this book as a young child and fell in love with it- I laid it down, and have not looked at it in many years. I wondered before reading it if I would still enjoy it, and although I appreciate London's techniques better now, it is still a fantastic story for almost all ages.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2009

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    It'll do

    this book was very abnormal. I didn't like how the main characters were dogs and. Some of the scenes were very gruesome. I understand how their dogs but I didn't like how they made it hard to understand. I think it was cruel when they were beating the dog. I don't recomend this book to people who are into love and happiness. It is about dogs and blood.

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

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    its okay

    The "Call of the Wild" was very grewsome and bloody. I would not reccomend it to some people, i would reccomend it to people that like abuse and bloddy scenes. Over all, I am not glad I read it cause I dont really like these sorts of things. I also dont like this book because it hurts me to know that the dogs get abused. I would not recommend this book to basically anyone.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Call of the Wild

    The Call of the Wild was just magnificent. It had great discription and fully described everything. Also, it answered every question that was asked by me in the end. It really kept my attention thoughout the whole book. My favorite character would be Buck, because he never gives up and keeps pushing though every problem he faces. I would recommend this book to someone who loves action in a book, and doesn't mind reading. I don't like reading but this book was great. It would probably be in me top ten favorite books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

    Call of the Wild

    Call of the Wild has a good plot because it is exciting. I thought it was a really good book. The mean idea is told by Buck, a mixed breed who is a sled dog. From his point of view, he is trying to show the world in a dog's eyes. It was written in the early 1890's by Jack London. Young readers are attracted to this story. Jack London is a suspenceful authur.<BR/> Judge Miller is the original owner of Buck until he is sold enormous times, he is taught the law of club and fang. Buck goes days without food, water, and sleep. Spitz the head leader is visous and cruel to the other sled dogs. He killed Curly in a fight for food, and Buck told himself that he would never let that happen to him. Spitz instigated Buck to fight and one day they finally did. Buck had won the big fight. He became the head dog and wouldnt let Francios put him in any other position.<BR/> John Thorton saves Bucks life when he is getting beaten by Charles and Hal by taking him when he refuses to cross the Unfrozen river. He saved John Thorton's life 3 times. He also pulls 1,000 pounds of flour for John Thorton, when he placed a bet. Buck realizes what love is for the first time. Will he answer the call, or stay with John Thorton...read and find out.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    Kiana's Review

    The Call of the Wild is really amazing. When I read this novel I figured the main idea was whether or not a dog named Buck would answer his call of wild. Jack London probably wrote this novel to entertain the reader. Buck is kidnapped and begins an adventure after becoming a sled dog. I liked the way London created his characters. For example when François speaks he uses dialect. I would compare this book with 101 Dalmatians but with a little more exciment. I think they are alike because they are both dog stories but the call of the wild has more description of the fights. Overall I think many readers should read this book. I would give this novel five stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2008

    okay, but not fantastic

    It was an okay book, I must admit, but the story line was very poor. It seemed as if the call of the wild had no point to it, at all. His descriptions and everything were all right, I mean it kept you reading, but his plot was very messy, especially in call of the wild. It seemed as though it lead you to nothing, really. I must admit, White Fang had a better ending, a little more planned out than Call of the Wild, but they both almost seemed the same. It was all right, don't get me wrong, it all seemed planned out carefully to start with, up until the end. I don't get why it became a classic, but it was still an okay read. Hey, a pretty good write for a crazy, suicidal author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2007

    this book is great

    This book is about a dog buck who has a well lived life in california. then one of the butlers sells buck to gold miners for 100 dollars. buck goes on adventures he would never forget and he also experences the call of the wild

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2004

    This is a good book

    I think that The Call of the Wild was a pretty good book. I would definitely would recommend it to someone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2003

    Call of The Wild book review by Clayton Busch

    I think the Call of the Wild is a great book because it very exciting all through the book. In the first chapter the dog gets stolen by some men and thrown on a train and ends up on a sleding team. He keeps on getting new owners with even more excitement as the book goes on. I would highley recommend this book. Read it for your self and find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2002

    Classic Story

    This was a classic story that is good for all ages. This story keeps you entertained while giving you a better understanding of nature. If you enjoy nature and enjoy the outdoors then you will love this book.

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