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The Call of the Wild
The People of the Abyss
Few writers have captured the living texture of life as well as Jack London. Each of the seven classic titles appearing in this superbly curated collection were selected and edited by celebrated author Philip Dossick.
Masterworks of intricate creation, each has stood the test of time, and are remarkable for their explorations of animal rights, the legal and political restraints on women of the time, immigrant struggles, the desires for love, family, and companionship, theories of justice for all, and the great capacity for tolerance that marked the earliest settlers on the frontier.
He paints his descriptions of the vastness of nature, the high, red grasses, the endless wind on the plains, the open roads, the extreme poverty of the powerless, the lethal effects of alcohol and gambling, with strokes so vivid as to make us feel in our bones we've just come in from a walk on that very landscape ourselves.
JACK LONDON (1876-1916) was an activist, journalist, short-story writer, novelist, and one of the most widely translated of American authors. He was a child laborer in Oakland at 14, a Bay Area pirate at 15, a transcontinental hobo at 16, an able-bodied seaman at 17, a New York State prisoner at 18, a California ‘work beast’ at 20 and a Yukon prospector at 21. London published over 50 books, and is today most famous for The Sea Wolf, White Fang, The Call of the Wild, Martin Eden, The People of the Abyss, The Road, and John Barleycorn. His influence upon later American writers has been enormous.