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Women’s Rights, Women’s Lives  

Donna Campbell

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In his fiction, London insisted that his women are not mere “puppet[s] of Dame Nature,” for they live apart from their capacity to reproduce. They are rarely mothers, or even daughters, ... More

The Valley of the Moon: Quest for Love, Land, and a Home  

Susan Nuernberg, Iris Jamahl Dunkle, and Alison Archer

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This essay explores Jack London’s novel The Valley of the Moon, which was originally published in 1912. The novel is structured as a heroic quest for love, land, and a home, and it was ... More

“The Ragged Edge of Nonentity”: Jack London and the Transformation of the Tramp, 1878–1907  

Paul Durica

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In the late 1870s a body of writing on tramps began appearing in the same nationally circulating magazines that were publishing regional fiction. The chapter argues that this tramp ... More

“The Feels”: Jack London and the New Mass Cultural Public Sphere  

Michael Millner

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In his short stories, novels, social writings, essays, and letters, London repeatedly comes face-to-face with a dilemma: how to participate in a powerful new mass culture characterized by ... More

The Sovereign Logic of Jack London’s Sea Stories  

Hank Scotch

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Jack London’s maritime writing often interrogates the difference between the savage space of the “outside” sea and the relative domesticity of land’s civilized interior, as well as the ... More

Sex and Science in Jack London’s America  

Layne Parish Craig

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English-language developments in sexual science were tied to literary communities from their earliest incarnations, as sexologists like Havelock Ellis and Marie Stopes also wrote novels ... More

“See Things in New Ways”: Jack London, Socialism, and the Conversionary Model of Politics  

Howard Horwitz

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Like many socialists, but unlike someone like Edward Bellamy, London explains the process by which people’s political “method of thinking” changes. London’s “How I Became a Socialist” ... More

The People of the Abyss: Tensions and Tenements in the Capital of Poverty  

Sara S. Hodson

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The People of the Abyss is Jack London’s study of the poor in the city of London, England, in 1902. This essay places the book in the context of earlier poverty studies by Joseph ... More

“Never Had Much Difficulty”: Jack London, George Brett, and the Macmillan Company  

Kenneth K. Brandt

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As editor, mentor, and friend, Macmillan President George P. Brett had the single most significant influence on American writer Jack London’s professional publishing career. This essay ... More

“Mix According to Formula”: Martin Eden and the Question of Genre  

Christopher Gair

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Martin Eden (1909) commences in the aftermath of a moment of (naturalist) chance and concludes with a supreme demonstration of the realist will to power. The manner in which London begins ... More

Making Sense of Jack London’s Confusion of Genres in The Sea-Wolf  

Per Serritslev Petersen

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I discuss the philosophical significance of the generic confusions in Jack London’s novel The Sea-Wolf (1904). Drawing on a generous array of genres and scenarios, London asks his ... More

Life on the Pacific Rim: The Ideology of The Overland Monthly  

Jay Williams

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Under Milicent Shinn’s editorship, The Overland Monthly helped create a Pacific consciousness, a knowledge on the part of western Americans that their world was at least equally a part of ... More

Jack London, War, and the Journalism that Acts  

Karen Roggenkamp

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Jack London’s reportorial work for American newspapers remains rich territory for investigation, especially given the porous boundaries between fact and fiction, news and story at the turn ... More

Jack London, Suffering, and the Ideal of Masculine Toughness  

Leonard Cassuto

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Jack London suffered to succeed, and he succeeded by becoming a poet of suffering. His hardscrabble life of various labors has attracted many biographers, but London was his own first ... More

Jack London, Marriage, and Divorce  

Clare Virginia Eby

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While Jack London is renowned for hypermasculine narratives, this essay traces his ongoing interest in marriage and domestic themes. That thread becomes especially visible as the essay ... More

Jack London’s Sci-Fi Finale  

John Hay

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Jack London is often pigeonholed as a literary naturalist, but his interests aligned with a science fiction tradition. Over the course of his career, London increasingly set his narratives ... More

Jack London’s International Reputation  

Joseph McAleer

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Jack London wasn’t just lucky at what he called the “writing game”—he is, by many accounts, the most popular American author in the world today. His 44 published books and hundreds of ... More

Jack London as Poet  

George Adams

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Jack London’s failure as a poet, defined by esthetic or marketable criteria, is not an argument for ignoring his poetry. The mere fact of his including his poems in his essays and stories ... More

Jack London as Playwright  

George Adams

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Even though London wrote plays during most of his career as a writer, from 1905 to 1915, it still comes as a surprise to most readers that he did so. And even after the publication of ... More

Jack London and Physical Culture  

Paul Baggett

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As tempting as it may be to situate the author of such titles as “The Strength of the Strong,” The Abysmal Brute, and The Call of the Wild among the Bernarr Macfaddens of his day, a closer ... More

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