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The son of the wolf : tales of the Far North
London, Jack, 1876-1916.
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Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
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xxxii, 322 pages : map ; 20 cm.
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1070 Lexile.
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Jack London gained his first and most lasting fame as the author of tales of the Klondike gold rush. This, his first collection of stories, draws on his experience in the Yukon. The stories tell of gambles won and lost, of endurance and sacrifice, and often turn on the qualities of exceptional women and on the relations between the white adventurers and the native tribes. This new edition, which includes the whole of London's first book and many of the best Northern tales from his later collections, makes available fresh perspectives on the work of this enduringly rewarding writer.

Author Notes

One of the pioneers of 20th century American literature, Jack London specialized in tales of adventure inspired by his own experiences.

London was born in San Francisco in 1876. At 14, he quit school and became an "oyster pirate," robbing oyster beds to sell his booty to the bars and restaurants in Oakland. Later, he turned on his pirate associates and joined the local Fish Patrol, resulting in some hair-raising waterfront battles. Other youthful activities included sailing on a seal-hunting ship, traveling the United States as a railroad tramp, a jail term for vagrancy and a hazardous winter in the Klondike during the 1897 gold rush. Those experiences converted him to socialism, as he educated himself through prolific reading and began to write fiction.

After a struggling apprenticeship, London hit literary paydirt by combining memories of his adventures with Darwinian and Spencerian evolutionary theory, the Nietzchean concept of the "superman" and a Kipling-influenced narrative style. "The Son of the Wolf"(1900) was his first popular success, followed by 'The Call of the Wild" (1903), "The Sea-Wolf" (1904) and "White Fang" (1906). He also wrote nonfiction, including reportage of the Russo-Japanese War and Mexican revolution, as well as "The Cruise of the Snark" (1911), an account of an eventful South Pacific sea voyage with his wife, Charmian, and a rather motley crew.

London's body broke down prematurely from his rugged lifestyle and hard drinking, and he died of uremic poisoning - possibly helped along by a morphine overdose - at his California ranch in 1916. Though his massive output is uneven, his best works - particularly "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang" - have endured because of their rich subject matter and vigorous prose.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Oxford World's Classics the Son of the Wolf Tales of the Far Northp. i
Oxford World's Classicsp. ii
Introductionp. ix
Note on the Textp. xxvi
Select Bibliographyp. xxviii
A Chronology of Jack Londonp. xxx
The Son of the Wolf Tales of the Far Northp. 1
The White Silencep. 3
The Son of the Wolfp. 13
The Men of Forty-Milep. 29
In a Far Countryp. 38
To the Man on Trailp. 55
The Priestly Prerogativep. 64
The Wisdom of the Trailp. 78
The Wife of a Kingp. 86
An Odyssey of the Northp. 102
Selected Northland Talesp. 135
Grit of Womenp. 137
The Great Interrogationp. 151
The Law of Lifep. 165
At the Rainbow's Endp. 172
The Story of Jees Uckp. 182
The League of the Old Menp. 206
The Marriage of Lit-Litp. 222
Love of Lifep. 233
The White Man's Wayp. 254
Finis*p. 267
Like Argus of the Ancient Timesp. 285
Explanatory Notesp. 313
A Selection of Oxford World's Classicsp. 323
The Oxford World's Classics Websitep. 333