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An Analysis On Jack London

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LondonJack London was admired by many and thought only to live his life to the fullest, by whatever means necessary. He was born in San Francisco, in 1876. He was deserted by his father, "Professor" William Henry Chaney, an itinerant astrologer, and raised in Oakland by his mother Flora Wellman, a music teacher and spiritualist. London's stepfather John London, whose surname he took, was a failed storekeeper. As a boy poverty struck the London family. At the age of ten he constantly read, and borrowed books from the Oakland Public Library. Jack left school at the age of 14 and began work as a seaman, rode in freight trains, and adopted socialistic views. In 1894 he was arrested in Niagara ...view middle of the document...

London traveled to Korea as a correspondent in 1904 for Hearst's newspapers to cover the war between Russia and Japan (1904-05). Next year he published his first collection of non-fiction pieces, The War of the Classes, which included his lectures on socialism. In 1907 London and Charmian started aboard the Snark, the author's elf-designed ketch, a sailing trip around the world. On the voyage he began to write Martin Eden. After hardships they ended the journey in Australia. London's financial affairs were in chaos, He began to buy plots from a struggling writer, Sinclair Lewis, to produce more articles and stories for sale. London had purchased in 1910 a large tract of land near Glen Ellen in Sonoma County, and devoted his energy and money improving and enlarging his Beauty Ranch. He also traveled widely and reported on the Mexican revolution. Charmian became the model of London's women characters, such as Paula in, The Little Lady of the Big House (1916).London was one of the first writers to write about realism and heroic conflict. Most of his books are based on events that happened to him. The main novels, the ones he is most known for, are the ones that came at a hard time or under pressure. He put much of him self in all of his books, " I had read, all the wisdom I had gathered, went glimmering ...with strength and desire to out swine the swine"(Barltrop 45). This seems to allow him to put more feeling into his books, combined with his knowledge of different topics makes for a great novel. Jack has a major novel for almost every major event in his life that ties in with other ideas like: Darwinism, Nietzsche's "superman", socialism, and racism. Many of London's own experiences went into his work as shown from Martin Eden,Martin had ascended from pitch to pitch of intellectual living and here he was at a higher pitch than ever. All the hidden things were laying their secrets bare. He was drunken with comprehension. At night, asleep, he lived with the gods in colossal nightmare; and awake, in the day, he went around like a somnambulist, with absent stare, gazing upon the world he had just discovered. (Pizer 656)The way that London's work has shifted views since his time shows that the critics and the readers are changing...

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