Jack London


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

Died
November 22, 1916

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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: 3.94 · 609,791 ratings · 19,503 reviews · 2,015 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Call of the Wild

3.84 avg rating — 273,490 ratings — published 1903 — 1832 editions
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White Fang

3.95 avg rating — 124,804 ratings — published 1905 — 1339 editions
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The Call of the Wild/White ...

4.09 avg rating — 67,268 ratings — published 1906 — 174 editions
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The Sea Wolf

4.02 avg rating — 21,193 ratings — published 1904 — 744 editions
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The Call of the Wild, White...

3.98 avg rating — 18,460 ratings — published 1906 — 22 editions
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4.40 avg rating — 17,779 ratings — published 1909 — 248 editions
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To Build a Fire

3.93 avg rating — 13,953 ratings — published 1903 — 87 editions
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The Iron Heel

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3.74 avg rating — 6,484 ratings — published 1908 — 479 editions
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To Build a Fire and Other S...

4.04 avg rating — 3,929 ratings — published 1993 — 30 editions
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The Star Rover

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4.26 avg rating — 3,835 ratings — published 1914 — 275 editions
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More books by Jack London…
“You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
Jack London

“I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.”
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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