A memorial for he and his second wife, Charmian Kittredge, is located at Glen Ellen.
“One of the reasons Jack London’s popularity as an author remains so high in the world today is because his life was as interesting as his works.” http://www.geocities.com/NapaValley/7996/
from Jack London journals…
Thoughts about life..
“It is so simple a remedy, merely service.”
“Not one ignoble thought or act is demanded of any or all men and women than to make fair the world.”
The call is for service, and such is the wholesomeness of it. He who serves all best serves himself.” Jack London
Jack London's "Credo" I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.… The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
What others thought of Jack London
See bibliography slide
“No writer, unless it were Mark Twain, ever had a more romantic life than Jack London.” Ernest J. Hopkins http://www.parks.sonoma,net/JLStory.html
The story of his adventure-filled life still intrigues readers of all ages and from all walks of life. Russ Kingman
London was described “as a “born teller of tales who wrote as he lived—in a hurry.” Howard Lachtman
“The fact that his gift for writing was ever realized came to be used as an example of someone achieving “The American Dream.”
Title: The Call of the Wild Genre: Realistic Fiction Setting: Late 1800’s, Klondike gold rush
Call of the Wild--Comments
“In his story the Klondike became ‘not only a real country, but a territory of the mind’ where his characters lived or died because of what they had in them.
He was paid three cents per word for the story, which he had shortened by 5,000 words.
London received a total of $2,750.00 for his work.
The book has never been out of print during the last seventy-five years
“The Call of the Wild is the greatest dog story ever written and is at the same time a study of one of the most curious and profound motives that play hide-and-seek in the human soul.” Carl Sandburg
From the time The Call of the Wild caught the imagination of the world in 1903, until his death by a stroke and heart attack in 1916,
his 51 books, hundreds of short stories, essays and other writings had more newspaper coverage than any other writer.
“I have everything to make me glad I am alive. I am filled with dreams and mysteries.” Jack London
Jack London sites: http://www.geocities.com/~jacklondons/index.html http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian/issuesall/issues98/feb98/jack.html http://dcps.dade.k12.fl.us/technology/reading/wild/COW/worksheet.htm http://ofcn.org/cyber.serv/resource/bookshelf/callw10/ http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/London/Organizations/jl_society.html http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/London/