The People Of The Abyss

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Overview

A graphic investigation of London's slum conditions
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Editorial Reviews

Jack London
No other book of mine took so much of my young heart and tears as that study of the economic degradation of the poor.
James Williams
It is written with the smoldering anger of turn-of-the-century revolutionary socialism. There are no gray shadings in London's economic world. There is only the evil of capitalism and the saintly suffering of the poor. The rich had had their stories told in mass periodicals, and London felt it was time to let the ignored speak. He thus wrote the biographies of the people who have been exploited by imperialism and capitalism. This is the book that counters the Horatio Alger story. For every Alger, for every Rockefeller, there is a mass of sufferers whose plight enabled the speedy rise to wealth of a few. In its sociological and journalistic documentation of poverty is a call for direct action. Wealth blinds, and London makes us see. With this reprinting of London's incredibly important and readable book, Pluto Press and London remind us of how economic exploitation must always be fought, that we must always be educated in the lives of the unfortunate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781406814934
  • Publisher: Echo Library
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Novelist Jack London (1876–1916) is best remembered for The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and his numerous other tales of travel and adventure. Alexander Masters is an author, screenplay writer, and worker with the homeless. He is the writer and illustrator of the award-winning Stuart: A Life Backwards.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Dr sax

    Great read. This man was a literary innovator.compelling story of a haunted adolescent.

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    Posted December 9, 2012

    Perspective

    Like mom used to say
    To know how the other half lives helps one appreciate what we do have

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Interesting

    It is a slow read. The story of the poor in London. You must be interested in history, older history and how people were affected. It is much like the poor today, once there they stay there. But today it is a way to get something for nothing and then there was no way out.

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