An Autobiography of Jack London, 1st Edition by Stephen Brennan

By Stephen Brennan

Jack London has been a best-selling writer for multiple hundred years. In his brief lifestyles (1876–1916) he wrote twenty-five novels and dozens of brief tales, performs, and essays. at the present time he's famous as a forerunner of such literary giants as Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and Jack Kerouac. writer of a few recognized and well-loved tales in our literature (including White Fang, the decision of the Wild, and The Sea Wolf), London additionally labored as an afternoon laborer, Alaskan gold rusher, and seaman. He was once additionally an adventurer, journalist, star, polemicist, and drunk.


An Autobiography of Jack London is a revealing portrait of the fellow who used to be Jack London—in his personal words—and is basically composed of excerpts from his memoirs: The street, John Barleycorn, and The Cruise of the Snark. instead of a trifling biographical precis of a man’s lifestyles, An Autobiography of Jack London

goals to offer the reader actual perception into the nature and character of this uniquely American literary icon. This publication is illustrated all through with greater than 40 drawings, facsimile pages from his works, and modern pictures, many taken by way of London himself.


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I ought to know, for I had just come over it and it had taken me six days. By mistake I had missed the main line and come over a small “jerk” with only two locals a day on it. And during these six days I had lived on dry crusts, and not enough of them, begged from the French peasants. Furthermore, my disgust had been heightened by the one day I had spent in Ottawa trying to get an outfit of clothing for my long journey. C. The latter fair city is the limit. I spent two weeks there trying to beg a pair of shoes, and then had to go on to Jersey City before I got them.

If one accepts a holistic take on the genre—that is, that autobi-ography comes in many forms—one recognizes an array of sub-genres. There are the diarists and composers of memoir, tell-all, and true-confessions. Even formal journalism is sometimes practiced as a true-life adventure story—depending on the point of view. Thus the journal-keepers of an earlier time became the journalists of a later age. Fact is, if you insert yourself into, or are already an actor in, the story you are telling, you are writing autobiography.

The next day the remains of that tramp are gathered up along the right of way, and a line in the local paper mentions the unknown man, undoubtedly a tramp, assumably drunk, who had probably fallen asleep on the track. As a characteristic illustration of how a capable hobo can hold her down, I am minded to give the following experience. I was in Ottawa, bound west over the Canadian Pacific. Three thousand miles of that road stretched before me; it was the fall of the year, and I had to cross Manitoba and the Rocky Mountains.

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