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About the Author: Jack London

Jack London was an American novelist, journalist, social-activist and short-story writer whose works deal romantically with elemental struggles for survival. At his peak, he was the highest paid and the most popular of all living writers. Because of early financial difficulties, he was largely self educated past grammar school.

London drew heavily on his life experiences in his writing. He spent time in the Klondike during the Gold Rush and at various times was an oyster pirate, a seaman, a sealer, and a hobo. His first work was published in 1898. From there he went on to write such American classics as Call of the Wild, Sea Wolf, and White Fang.


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Paperback, Published in Jul 2007 by Book Jungle

ISBN10: 1604240008 | ISBN13: 9781604240009

Page count: 216

Named after the first story — about a couple that tries in vain to uphold an intensely idealistic romance against the erosions of time and the inconstancy of human nature — the collection explores themes for which London became famous: the struggle for survival in the midst of hostile environments, human nature’s most elemental drives, and worker abuse in industrialized society.
In The Apostate his concerns with the working poor and his dislike of pre-union-era capitalism are evident in a grim story about a young man who is brutalized by the subhuman working conditions in a textile mill, yet achieves a kind of liberation in the end.
London’s fascination with primitive male characters is evident in Just Meat, a story of two thieves who plot each other’s demise in a selfish grab for a hoard of recently stolen jewelry.
Like his famous novel The Sea Wolf, the stories Make Westing and The ‘Francis Spaight’ (described as "A True Tale Retold") portray corrupt sea captains abusing and terrorizing their crews during nightmarish voyages.
In the concluding story, A Piece of Steak London starkly portrays the desperate struggles of an aging boxer as he grapples with a younger contender through most of a grueling twenty-round fight.
As all of these stories vividly reveal, many of them brilliantly, no one had a more dispassionate and uncompromising view of human nature at its worst or could express it more forcefully than Jack London.

Contents:

- When God laughs
- The apostate
- A wicked woman
- Just meat
- Created he them
- The Chinago
- Make westing
- Semper Idem
- A nose for the king
- The Francis Spaight
- A curious fragment
- A piece of steak

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