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The Scarlet Plague

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The Scarlet Plague is a post-apocalyptic fiction novel written by Jack London and originally published in London Magazine in 1912. The story takes place in 2073, sixty years after an uncontrollable epidemic, the Red Death, has depopulated the planet. James Howard Smith is one of the few survivors of the pre-plague era left alive in the San Francisco area, and as he realizes his time grows short, he tries to impart the value of knowledge and wisdom to his grandsons.
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Overview

The Scarlet Plague is a post-apocalyptic fiction novel written by Jack London and originally published in London Magazine in 1912. The story takes place in 2073, sixty years after an uncontrollable epidemic, the Red Death, has depopulated the planet. James Howard Smith is one of the few survivors of the pre-plague era left alive in the San Francisco area, and as he realizes his time grows short, he tries to impart the value of knowledge and wisdom to his grandsons.
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The Times

London's style is typically lush but his viewpoint is skeptical and dystopian . . . [the] story reminds us of the dangers we still court with our careless ways.

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"London's style is typically lush but his viewpoint is skeptical and dystopian . . . [the] story reminds us of the dangers we still court with our careless ways."  —The Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935869504
  • Publisher: Cursor
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Edition description: Anniversary Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,022,698
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John Griffith "Jack" London (born John Griffith Chaney, January 12, 1876 - November 22, 1916) was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone. Some of his most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories "To Build a Fire", "An Odyssey of the North", and "Love of Life". He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as "The Pearls of Parlay" and "The Heathen", and of the San Francisco Bay area in The Sea Wolf.
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  • Posted August 4, 2012

    I guess some people didn't get it, they couldve read the introduction...

    While this isn't my favorite novella, it's an important milestone in the development of the genre. My advice to reviewers: finish a text before you bash it. My advice to readers: consider exactly what it is youre reading before you cast unrealistic expectations; not everyone from every era's going to write like Stephenie Meyer, Stephen King, or James Patterson. And read introductions, theyre there for a reason.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Negative

    This was a sad attempt at a story. Poor character development and what appeared to be a weakly thought out plot.

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