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Stories of the Far North

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The Northwestern story emerged full-blown from the pen of Jack London, and his “The League of the Old Men” is a fitting introduction to these rigorous action tales, in which the inhospitable climate strips away civilized veneer and individuals must live or die by their cunning, instinct, and sometimes ruthlessness. The bond between man and dog and the character flaws revealed under the stresses of extreme isolation are just two of the classic themes explored in these works. The collection comes to a fitting ...
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Overview


The Northwestern story emerged full-blown from the pen of Jack London, and his “The League of the Old Men” is a fitting introduction to these rigorous action tales, in which the inhospitable climate strips away civilized veneer and individuals must live or die by their cunning, instinct, and sometimes ruthlessness. The bond between man and dog and the character flaws revealed under the stresses of extreme isolation are just two of the classic themes explored in these works. The collection comes to a fitting climax of a century’s worth of development with a new story by Tim Champlin, commissioned for this volume.

Most of these stories were originally published in magazines and were heavily edited to meet space and style concerns. Stories of the Far North restores each work to its original form, uncut and as each author intended.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Stories of Alaska and the Yukon have thrilled pulp fiction readers since the turn of the century. Dozens of magazine like Western Story and North-West Romances provided an early forum for writers including Jack London, Max Brand, and Robert Service. This volume collects nine of the best tales about the challenges of life in the frozen North, including several that have been restored to their original form before publication. Whether familiar, as in Service's "The Trail of Ninety-Eight," or more obscure, such as James B. Hendryx's "Cheechako Trouble," each story explores the classic themes of isolation, the bond between man and animal, and survival in the wilderness. Editor Tuska (The Western Story: A Chronological Treasury, Univ. of Nebraska, 1995) has done extensive research on each of these writers, and the historical notes are as fascinating as the stories. Fans of Western writing and adventure stories are sure to enjoy this glimpse into our fictional past.--Charlotte L. Glover, Ketchikan P.L., AK
Kirkus Reviews
Western editor Tuska follows up his Morrow Anthology of Great Western Short Stories (1997) with a volume of nine stories, this time moving the venue somewhat north to bring us to Alaska during the Klondike gold rush of 1898. "In this collection of stories of the Far North, it is no coincidence that northwest is the direction in which these authors takes us," remarks Tuska in his fine introduction. "It can be a metaphor for an odyssey of the human soul." Indeed, it is striking just how much fiction was written about this now-obscure period of American history: writers as celebrated as Jack London and Robert Service started their careers writing about the Klondike, and dozens of pulp magazines devoted themselves to stories about the Far North well into the 1930s. London and Service are both represented here, of course, but most of the authors-James Oliver Curwood, Max Brand, Rex Beach, Dan Cushman-are now as obscure as the Klondike itself, and Tuska is to be commended for bringing them (some were bestsellers in their day) back into print. While many of the stories are somewhat two-dimensional and saccharine, readers who like old-fashioned adventure yarns will plenty to sustain them. .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803294349
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Series: Bison Book Series
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author


Jon Tuska has written and edited numerous works about the American West, including The Western Story: A Chronological Treasury (Nebraska 1995).
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Table of Contents

Introduction
The League of the Old Men 1
The Trail of'Ninety-Eight (ballad) 15
The Test 22
The Strength of Men 40
The Man Who Goes Alone 52
The Great Hunger 64
"Mush Fast or Die!" 73
Cheechako Trouble 118
Color at Forty-Mile 134
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