Jack London





Jack London

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born
in San Francisco, California, The United States
January 12, 1876

died
November 22, 1916

gender
male

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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.



Average rating: 3.87 · 363,278 ratings · 10,125 reviews · 1,043 distinct works · Similar authors
The Call of the Wild
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 170,264 ratings — published 1903 — 682 editions
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White Fang
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 73,594 ratings — published 1906 — 592 editions
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The Call of the Wild/White ...
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 47,055 ratings — published 1906 — 108 editions
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The Call of the Wild, White...
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 12,298 ratings — published 1906 — 28 editions
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The Sea Wolf
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 12,839 ratings — published 1904 — 292 editions
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To Build A Fire
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 8,109 ratings — published 1903 — 48 editions
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Martin Eden
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 7,688 ratings — published 1909 — 200 editions
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The Iron Heel
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 2,407 ratings — published 1986 — 25 editions
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The Star Rover
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 1,570 ratings — published 1915 — 116 editions
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More books by Jack London…
“I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.”
Jack London

“You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
Jack London

“I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.”
Jack London, The Turtles of Tasman

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