The People Of The Abyss

The People Of The Abyss

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by Jack London
     
 

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In 1902, in order to gain material for this book, a young Jack London posed as a sailor stranded in London's East End. Far from the open wildernesses associated with most of his novels, Jack London lived on the street with the destitute and starving.

Not just another literary masterpiece, this book is a major sociological study. While other American writers in

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In 1902, in order to gain material for this book, a young Jack London posed as a sailor stranded in London's East End. Far from the open wildernesses associated with most of his novels, Jack London lived on the street with the destitute and starving.

Not just another literary masterpiece, this book is a major sociological study. While other American writers in London were blinded by the glories of the British Empire at its peak, Jack London was examining the misery found in the heart of the wealthy city.

In this highly accessible work of reporting, Jack London lets the facts speak for themselves.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604243239
Publisher:
Standard Publications, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/12/2007
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
1,249,268
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.39(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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