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date: 18 May 2021

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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 Reynolds’s The Plays of Jack London in 2000, there is still little attention paid to London as a playwright. This essay provides the first critical overview of that work in relation to his efforts in other genres. Much work still remains to be done on the evaluation of the totality of his work, taking into account London’s dismissal of his plays; his willingness to work with collaborators; his reiterated claim that he could not judge his own work; and the politics, philosophy, and esthetic principles underlying their messages, implicitly or explicitly expressed, in relation to the larger context of American drama in the period 1900–1918, particularly the most successful plays.

Keywords: playwright, socialism, poetry, drama, The Acorn Planter

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