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Jack London (1876-1916) is one of the foremost authors of adventure stories for the twentieth century. A native of San Francisco, California, London spent a restless youth trying his hand as oyster pirate, sailor, mill worker, vagabond, and student before heading to the Klondike during the gold rush of 1897. His experiences in Alaska gave him the material for his best known stories, including The Call of the Wild and White Fang, which are characterized by vivid accounts of the savage brutality of man and nature. Despite his success, London led a tumultuous life, plagued by financial difficulties, and died at a young age. His rich legacy sets the standard for naturalistic adventure writing.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Klondike River Valley (Yukon) Fiction, Animal welfare Fiction, Feral dogs Fiction, Pet theft Fiction, Sled dogs Fiction, Dogs Fiction