Jack London has been a best-selling writer for a couple of hundred years. In his brief lifestyles (1876–1916) he wrote twenty-five novels and dozens of brief tales, performs, and essays. at the present time he's well-known as a forerunner of such literary giants as Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and Jack Kerouac. writer of a couple of recognized and well-loved tales in our literature (including White Fang, the decision of the Wild, and The Sea Wolf), London additionally labored as an afternoon laborer, Alaskan gold rusher, and seaman. He was once additionally an adventurer, journalist, superstar, polemicist, and drunk.
An Autobiography of Jack London is a revealing portrait of the fellow who was once Jack London—in his personal words—and is essentially composed of excerpts from his memoirs: The highway, John Barleycorn, and The Cruise of the Snark. instead of an insignificant biographical precis of a man’s lifestyles, An Autobiography of Jack London
goals to offer the reader genuine perception into the nature and character of this uniquely American literary icon. This booklet is illustrated all through with greater than 40 drawings, facsimile pages from his works, and modern images, many taken through London himself.
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