Before Adam

Before Adam

by Jack London
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Overview

Before Adam by Jack London

London's classic novel about a boy who dreams that he was living the life of an early hominid.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627936262
Publisher: Start Classics
Publication date: 11/08/2013
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 106
File size: 204 KB

About the Author

John Griffith "Jack" London (born John Griffith Chaney, January 12, 1876 - November 22, 1916) was an American novelist, journalist, and social

activist. A pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction, he 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.

London married Elizabeth "Bessie" Maddern on April 7, 1900, the same day The Son of the Wolf was published. Bess had been part of his circle of friends for a

number of years.

London was part of the radical literary group "The Crowd" in San Francisco and a passionate advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers.

He wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics, such as his dystopian novel The Iron Heel, his non-fiction exposé The People of the Abyss, and The

War of the Classes.

In later life London indulged his wide-ranging interests by accumulating a personal library of 15,000 volumes. He referred to his books as "the tools of my

trade".

In 1905, London purchased a 1,000 acres ranch in Glen Ellen, Sonoma County, California, on the eastern slope of Sonoma Mountain, for $26,450.

He wrote: "Next to my wife, the ranch is the dearest thing in the world to me." He desperately wanted the ranch to become a successful business enterprise.

Writing, always a commercial enterprise with London, now became even more a means to an end: "I write for no other purpose than to add to the beauty that now

belongs to me. I write a book for no other reason than to add three or four hundred acres to my magnificent estate." After 1910, his literary works were

mostly potboilers, written out of the need to provide operating income for the ranch.

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Before Adam 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting take on evolution, written during a time when the concept was taking center stage. Enjoyed the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent enough of a copy to read, less spelling errors than most copies. Story-wise, it's interesting enough. I was pleased with the writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives you a lot to think about. Good writing, but a bit abusive to the reader by battering around the protaginist.
Anonymous 16 days ago
The book was far-fetched. Of course, I dont believe in evolution. God created us as we are - except that we have degenerated because of time, sin and pollution. The monkeys, apes, London wrote are not our ancestors. The bodies archaeologists have found of other people? lived before we and our world was created. Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 14:12-18; Genesis 1:2
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well put together, this copy has fewer errors than many scanned copies so was pretty easy to read. The story itself was well thought-out and a satisfying read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes, I am a big Jack London fan. And this little book with it hidden metaphors, is typical of the genius of Mr. London. Although not meant to be so scientifically accurate, the meanings are presented in a brilliant manner. So for you Jack London fans or otherwise, enjoy the read.
manirul01 More than 1 year ago
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