My Jack London

The Call of the Wild was the first adult book I ever read. Suddenly there were worlds arrayed around me on the bookshelves that filled the corners of my childhood home. I guess I was then like I am now, I had found something I liked and I looked for more. Next was White Fang and then The Sea-Wolf, adventures in worlds I would never know. Later in life I discovered there is also much political dissent and social commentary in London’s work. I embraced that, too. Not so much my belief in his beliefs, but in the straightforward style and stories that carried me along into his world of early 1900s America. I owe a great debt to Jack London. He, as much as any author, made reading an adventure and not just something I had to do for school. Here is a list of some of his works that set me upon the path of that adventure.

Martin Eden (1909)
White Fang (1906)
The Sea-Wolf (1904)
The Call of the Wild (1903)
The Iron Heel (1908)
The Abysmal Brute (1913)
The Scarlet Plague (1912)
The Game (1905)
John Barleycorn (1913)
The Valley of the Moon (1913)

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