Jack London, 1876-1916

Portrait

Biographical note

American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone. He is best remembered as the author of White Fang and Call of the Wild, set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories "To Build a Fire", "An Odyssey of the North", and "Love of Life". He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as "The Pearls of Parlay" and "The Heathen", and The Sea Wolf, of the San Francisco Bay area. London was a passionate advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers and wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics such as his dystopian novel, The Iron Heel and his non-fiction exposé, The People of the Abyss.

Works

Nonfiction and essays

Novels

Short story collections

Short stories

  • "Who Believes in Ghosts!" [1895]
  • "To the Man on Trail" [1898]
  • "The Rejuvenation of Major Rathbone" [1899]
  • "The White Silence" [1899]
  • "A Thousand Deaths" [1899]
  • "In a Far Country" [1899]
  • "The King of Mazy May" [1899]
  • "An Odyssey of the North" [1900]
  • "Even unto Death" [1900]
  • "The Man With the Gash" [1900]
  • "A Relic of the Pliocene" [1901]
  • "The God of His Fathers" [1901]
  • "The Law of Life" [1901]
  • "The Minions of Midas" [1901]
  • "Diable—A Dog" [1902, renamed Bâtard in 1904]
  • "In the Forests of the North" [1902]
  • "Keesh, Son of Keesh" [1902]
  • "Moon-Face" [1902]
  • "The Death of Ligoun" [1902]
  • "To Build a Fire" [1902, revised 1908]
  • "The Dominant Primordial Beast" [1903]
  • "The Leopard Man's Story" [1903]
  • "The Shadow and the Flash" [1903]
  • "The One Thousand Dozen" [1903]
  • "Negore the Coward" [1904]
  • "All Gold Canyon" [1905]
  • "Love of Life" [1905]
  • "The Sun-Dog Trail" [1905]
  • "The Apostate" [1906]
  • "Before Adam" [1907]
  • "A Curious Fragment" [1908]
  • "Aloha Oe" [1908]
  • "That Spot" [1908]
  • "The Enemy of All the World" [1908]
  • "The Heathen" [1908]
  • "A Piece of Steak" [1909]
  • "Good-by, Jack" [1909]
  • "Samuel" [1909]
  • "South of the Slot" [1909]
  • "The Chinago" [1909]
  • "The Dream of Debs" [1909]
  • "The Seed of McCoy" [1909]
  • Goliah [1910]
  • "The Unparalleled Invasion" [1910]
  • "Told in the Drooling Ward" [1910]
  • "When the World was Young" [1910]
  • "The Mexican" [1911]
  • "The Strength of the Strong" [1911]
  • "War" [1911]
  • "The Scarlet Plague" [1912]
  • The Red One [1918]
    1. The Red One
    2. The Hussy
    3. Like Argus of the Ancient Times
    4. The Princess
  • The Faith of Men
  • The Night-Born
  • War of the Classes
  • "By The Turtles of Tasman"
  • "The Madness of John Harned"

Plays

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