Male Call: Becoming Jack London [NOOK Book]

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When Jack London died in 1916 at age forty, he was one of the most famous writers of his time. Eighty years later he remains one of the most widely read American authors in the world. The first major critical study of London to appear in a decade, Male Call analyzes the nature of his appeal by closely examining how the struggling young writer sought to promote himself in his early work as a sympathetic, romantic man of letters whose charismatic masculinity could carry more significance than his words themselves. ...
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Male Call: Becoming Jack London

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Overview

When Jack London died in 1916 at age forty, he was one of the most famous writers of his time. Eighty years later he remains one of the most widely read American authors in the world. The first major critical study of London to appear in a decade, Male Call analyzes the nature of his appeal by closely examining how the struggling young writer sought to promote himself in his early work as a sympathetic, romantic man of letters whose charismatic masculinity could carry more significance than his words themselves. Jonathan Auerbach shows that London’s personal identity was not a basis of his literary success, but rather a consequence of it. Unlike previous studies of London that are driven by the author’s biography, Male Call examines how London carefully invented a trademark “self” in order to gain access to a rapidly expanding popular magazine and book market that craved authenticity, celebrity, power, and personality. Auerbach demonstrates that only one fact of London’s life truly shaped his art: his passionate desire to become a successful author. Whether imagining himself in stories and novels as a white man on trail in the Yukon, a sled dog, a tramp, or a professor; or engaging questions of manhood and mastery in terms of work, race, politics, class, or sexuality, London created a public persona for the purpose of exploiting the conventions of the publishing world and marketplace.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822397243
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Series: New Americanists
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 641 KB

Meet the Author

Jonathan Auerbach is Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Question of a Name 21
2 The (White) Man on Trail: London's Northland Stories 47
3 "Congested Mails": Buck and Jack's "Call" 84
4 The Subject of Socialism: Postcards from London's Abyss 114
5 Collaborating Love in and out of The Kempton-Wace Letters 148
6 Between Men of Letters: Homoerotic Agon in The Sea-Wolf 178
Epilogue: Celebrity 227
Notes 239
Index 285
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