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Jack London

Jack London (1876–1916) lived a life of excess by conventional standards. Daring, outspoken, politically radical, amazingly imaginative, and emotionally complicated, the author of literary classics such as The Call of the Wild and The Sea-Wolf emerges in Kenneth K. Brandt’s new biography as a vital and flawed embodiment of conflicting yearnings. London’s exuberant energies propelled him out of the working class to become a world-famous writer by the age of twenty-seven—after stints as a child laborer, an oyster pirate, a Pacific seaman, and a convict. He wrote extensively about his travels to Japan, the Yukon, the slums of London’s East End, Korea, Hawaii, and the South Seas. Swiftly paced, intellectually engaging, and richly dramatic, London’s writings—bolstered by their wildly clashing philosophical viewpoints derived from thinkers like Nietzsche, Marx, and Darwin—continue to engross readers with their depictions of primal urges, raw sensations, and reformist politics.

224 pages | 37 halftones | 5 x 7 3/4

Critical Lives

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“In bold, declarative sentences, Brandt states the facts of Jack London's life by tying them together in a thrilling and economical narrative. It should be the first biography anyone consults.”

Jay Williams, author of the three-volume "Author Under Sail: The Imagination of Jack London" and general editor of "The Complete Works of Jack London"

"Brandt presents this 'visionary storyteller' through careful analysis of each of [London’s] literary works: a must read for those who want to know the story behind this author’s great works."

Iris Jamahl Dunkle, author of '"Charmian Kittredge London: Trailblazer, Author, Adventurer"

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