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White Fang By Jack London
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Published in 1906 by MacMillan, White Fang was written as a follow up to Call of the Wild, seeking to feed off the popularities of that first book. It follows the birth of the 'wolf-dog, White Fang,... More > including the circumstances of his arrival for his parents, his subsequent adoption by an Indian Tribe during which time he is brutalised and reacts accordingly, his time as a fighting dog and finally his taming by a kindly gold prospector. In contract to Buck's story in Call of the Wild, which moved from domestication to instinct, White Fang moves in the opposite direction and though he ends his time equally mythologised, in some respects it’s a less climactic path with the tension easing if a little unevenly. Even if it doesn't work quite as well as the first book, White Fang still remains immensely popular.< Less
The Night Born By Jack London
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Published in 1913 by Macmillan, The Night Born is a collection of nine short stories with no apparent genre connection to place them in a set. The collection includes, War, in which a cavalry scout... More > moves across the landscape while the horrors of war take place before his eyes and in his head and The Mexican, in which a mysterious youth joins a band of revolutionaries fighting in Los Angeles with the remit of finding enough money to aid the fight in Mexico.< Less
The House of Pride By Jack London
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Published in 1912, The House of Pride is a collection of six short stories linked by their location in the Hawaiian Islands and a general theme of race and class within the context of a mobile... More > immigrant culture. London was particularly interested in the way in which American money was influencing Hawaiian culture and he was sympathetic to the native tribes in their struggle against exploitation on a number the levels. Another theme here is leprosy, which was present in the islands during the time London was visiting. The disease features in the best story in the collection, Koolau the Leper, in which the eponymous character leads a rebellion of lepers against the police and military when they are threatened with deportation.< Less
The God of his Fathers By Jack London
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Published in 1901, The God of his Fathers, is an early collection of London's Klondike stories. Amongst this collection is Grit of Women, a tale told second hand over a stove that is 'red hot and... More > roaring', while outside the temperature has plummeted. The tale is about an epic journey to the Bering Sea made by a man and his wife and while the man, Sitka Charley, seems like the stuff the north was made of, it is the wife, Passuk, initially timid and downward looking, who emerges as the one with heart.< Less
The Game By Jack London
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Published in 1905 by MacMillan, The Game is a short novella about a young boxer, Joe Fleming, who ordinarily works as a sail maker. When he becomes engaged to Genevieve, the narrator, he decides to... More > take one more fight before giving up. He persuades Genevieve to watch and her viewpoint as a narrator provides London with the opportunity to describe, in excruciating detail, the fight that ensues. It's clear from this description that London knew his business, but it's also obvious that he wasn't taken in by the glamour. The game, like any London Klondike story, is a brutal piece of writing.< Less
The Little Lady of the Big House By Jack London
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Published in 1915 by MacMillan, The Little House of the Big House is, by modern terms, an understated erotic novel centred around a love triangle between on the one side, rancher Dick Forrest... More > (associated with Jack London), his vivacious and overtly sexual wife Paula, (associated with London's wife, Charmian) and the hobo philosopher Aaron Hancock, (associated with London's house-guest, Frank Strawn-Hamilton). The novel was criticised on publication for being too erotic, although by modern standards its nowhere near explicit enough to give any notion to the description. That said, London managed to provide a distinctly sexual charge to the narrative that is as strong as many of his intense Klondike adventures.< Less
The Mutiny of the Elsinore By Jack London
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Published in 1914 by MacMillan, The Mutiny of the Elsinore is a full length novel describing towards its close, the promised event following the death of the Captain and a split in the crew between... More > the two first mates. London uses the novel to examine class and race as related issues, presenting the Captain and his officers as a ruling class defined by racial stereotypes. As such, given the author's stilted approach, the prose can make difficult reading even if he does deliver the proscribed adventure.< Less
Martin Eden By Jack London
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Published in 1909 by MacMillan, Martin Eden is one of London's few novels that strays outside his normal settings. The eponymous character is a self-educated writer with strong Nietzchean tendencies,... More > striving for the individual not the masses – in opposition to London's socialist views – who in time loses his fiancé through lack of success. When it does arrive and he gets his work published Eden, has long since lost any sympathy for his audience and his working class of which he was formally a part. But in losing these sympathies and in spurning his former fiancé who tried to win him back, Eden realises his achievements have been hollow and he decides instead to go back to the seas as the sailor he once was.< Less
Michael, Brother of Jerry By Jack London
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Published posthumously in 1917, Michael, Brother of Jerry is a companion piece to Jerry of the Islands. Michael, like Jerry, is a terrier dog, but unlike the previous book, this one is more of an... More > attack on animal training techniques, using Michael as the example. It has received criticism for some of its racist language, but barring that it remains a forceful attack on animal cruelty.< Less
Moon Face and Other Stories By Jack London
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Published in 1906, Moon Face and Other Stories is an anthology of short stories linked by the theme of antipathy or hatred. In addition to the title story, this anthology serves up an interesting... More > genre piece called The Minions of Midas in which the eponymous collective, describing themselves as an intellectual proletariat, send a series of missives that threaten to kill unless another character passes over US$20 million. As the threats are enacted, the tone and the shock of the epistles increase. Such conspiracy thrillers were few and far between at the time and this little short story thus marks itself out as a predecessor to later works where a shadowy but powerful group dictate events.< Less