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Jack London : an American life

Author: Earle Labor
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The bare outlines of his story suggest a classic rags-to-riches tale, but London the man was plagued by contradictions. He chronicled nature at its most savage, but wept helplessly at the deaths of his favorite animals. At his peak the highest paid writer in the United States, he was nevertheless forced to work under constant pressure for money. An irrepressibly optimistic crusader for social justice and a lover of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Jack London; Jack London
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Earle Labor
ISBN: 0374534918 9780374534912
OCLC Number: 892698142
Description: 461 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Earle Labor.

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Jack London was born a working-class, fatherless Californian in 1876. He is acclaimed for his bestselling books The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and The Sea Wolf. In this book, the author explores  Read more...

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"A lively and authoritative biography." --Caleb Crain, The New Yorker"Labor is the world's foremost Jack London scholar. His working-class background and deep erudition make him the right man to Read more...

 
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