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date: 26 June 2019

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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 written during a period of time when London was consciously experiencing and exploring his own yearnings for love, land, and a home. This essay examines how London used research of small-scale farming and the small towns and cities he wrote about before writing the book. Equally, this essay examines how London reinvented the Heroic Quest by using a female heroine. Finally, the essay examines how London’s wife, Charmian collaborated on female characters and scenes throughout the novel. The Valley of the Moon is the literary rendering of London’s social and economic message to all future generations presented in the form of a quest narrative.

Keywords: Valley of the Moon, heroic quest, farming, Jack London, heroine, prize fighting, unions, pioneers

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