London, Jack biographical name
(born Jan. 12, 1876, San Francisco, Calif., U.S.died Nov. 22, 1916, Glen Ellen, Calif.) U.S. novelist and short-story writer. Born to poverty, the largely self-educated London became a sailor, hobo, Alaskan gold miner, and militant socialist. He gained a wide audience with his first book, The Son of the Wolf (1900), and the story To Build a Fire (1908). Thereafter he wrote steadily; his 50 books of fiction and nonfiction, including many romantic depictions of elemental struggles for survival as well as socialist tracts, include The Call of the Wild (1903), The Sea-Wolf (1904), White Fang (1906), The Iron Heel (1907), Martin Eden (1909), and Burning Daylight (1910).
Jack London writing The Sea Wolf, 1904.—Jack London State Historic Park
Variants of LONDON, JACK
London, Jack orig. John Griffith Chaney
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