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Jack London : an American life

Author: Earle Labor
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Describes the adventurous life of the great American author, who spent time as a hobo, a sailor, a gold prospector, and an oyster pirate before penning such classics as "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang."
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Jack London; Jack London; Jack London
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Earle Labor
ISBN: 9780374178482 0374178488
OCLC Number: 827256452
Description: xviii, 461 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Mothers and fathers --
Childhood's end --
The apostate --
A boy among men --
The dream as nightmare --
The open road --
A man among boys --
Higher education --
The golden dream --
Breakthrough : "Overland" and "The black cat" --
Best in class: "The Atlantic" --
Marriage and success --
In key with the world --
Anna and the "abyss" --
The wonderful year --
The wages of war --
The long sickness --
The valley of the moon --
Catastrophe --
Paradise lost --
Paradise momentarily regained --
Inferno --
The agrarian dream and loss of joy --
Four horses for a chicken thief --
Unlucky thirteen --
New York, Mexico, and home again --
A sea-change --
Silver speech, golden silence.
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Jack London was born a working-class, fatherless Californian in 1876. In this book, a noted Jack London scholar explores the forgotten Jack London - at once a hard-living globe-trotter and a man  Read more...

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