Jack London's Tales of Cannibals and Headhunters: Nine South Seas Stories by America's Master of Adventure

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A ship's captain, his vessel ready to explode from a fire within its cargo hold, desperately searches for a way to save his crew. A missionary in Fiji is clubbed to death by a cannibal chief to satisfy a debt of honor. A scientist agrees to have his head chopped off in return for a last glimpse of a huge alien object half-buried in the jungles of Guadalcanal. A Melanesian youth, sold into slavery, gains revenge against his sadistic white overseer. With unbridled barbarity, the crew of a European ship massacres scores of islanders.

These are some of the incidents in the action-filled short stories found in Jack London's Tales of Cannibals and Headhunters. Though London's bestsellers about the frozen Northland are known to most, few readers are familiar with his tales set in the romantic and dangerous South Seas - an area of the world with which Jack London became intimate while traveling aboard his yacht, The Snark, in the first decade of the twentieth century.

For the first time these stories are collected in a single volume with notes, an introduction, and an afterword that help to illuminate the racial tension of the colonial period in the Pacific. The stories are illustrated with the original artwork, several maps (including one of London's own), and photographs of the region.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826337917
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,486,905

Meet the Author

Gary Riedl is a retired Minnesota schoolteacher and active scholar in Jack London research.

Thomas R. Tietze, 1947-2009, was an English teacher in Minnesota for thirty-two years and a scholar in Jack London research.

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Table of Contents

An introduction to "the seed of McCoy" 33
The seed of McCoy 39
An introduction to "the Chinago" 71
The Chinago 73
An introduction to "the whale tooth" 89
The whale tooth 93
An introduction to "the heathen" 105
The heathen 109
An introduction to "the terrible Solomons" 131
The terrible Solomons 135
Picture gallery 154
An introduction to "Mauki" 161
Mauki 163
An introduction to "'yah! yah! yah!" 183
"Yah! yah! yah!" 185
An introduction to "the inevitable white man" 201
The inevitable white man 205
An introduction to "the red one" 217
The red one 221
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