Jack London's Women

Jack London's Women

by Clarice Stasz
     
 

ISBN-10: 1558493018

ISBN-13: 9781558493018

Pub. Date: 08/28/2001

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

"At age twenty-three, Jack London (1876-1916) sold his first story, and within six years he was the highest paid and most widely read writer in America. To account for his success, he created a fiction of himself as the quintessential self-made man. But as Clarice Stasz demonstrates in this absorbing collective biography, London always relied on a circle of women who…  See more details below

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"At age twenty-three, Jack London (1876-1916) sold his first story, and within six years he was the highest paid and most widely read writer in America. To account for his success, he created a fiction of himself as the quintessential self-made man. But as Clarice Stasz demonstrates in this absorbing collective biography, London always relied on a circle of women who nurtured him, sheltered him, and fostered his legacy." Using newly available letters and diaries from private collections, Stasz brings this diverse constellation of women to life. London was the son of freethinking Flora Wellman, yet found more maternal comfort from freed slave Jennie Prentiss and his stepsister Eliza. His early loves included a British-born consumptive, a Jewish socialist, and an African American woman. His first wife, Bess Maddern, was a teacher and devoted mother to daughters Bess and Joan, while his second, Charmian Kittredge, shared his passion for adventure and served as a model for many characters in his writings. Following his death, the various women who survived London both promoted his legacy and suffered the consequences of being constantly identified with a famous man.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558493018
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
1Mrs. Prentiss, Mrs. Chaney1
2Johnny, Jack16
3Those California Women38
4"Gitana Strunsky"56
5Damned Hard on the Woman76
6Deceivers and Deceived97
7Like Children at a Circus Parade120
8Mother-Girl, Mother-Not140
9Bitter Harvests161
10A Ruined Colt179
11Your Silence Is Now Golden196
12Widows211
13Every Woman Should Fight to Accomplish Her End227
14Fate in Their Own Hands246
15The World Has Fallen268
16I Want Good Work Done on Jack London289
17He Loved Me More304
18Jack London Had Two Daughters323
Epilogue345
Acknowledgments357
Notes361
Selected Bibliography381
Index387
Photographs210

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