- The Oxford Handbook of Jack London
- List of Contributors
- Life on the Pacific Rim: The Ideology of The Overland Monthly
- The Facts of Life and Literature
- Family, Friends, Mentors
- Jack London, Marriage, and Divorce
- “Never Had Much Difficulty”: Jack London, George Brett, and the Macmillan Company
- Jack London’s International Reputation
- “The Feels”: Jack London and the New Mass Cultural Public Sphere
- Jack London, War, and the Journalism that Acts
- “In the Thick of It”: The (Meta)Discourse of Jack London’s Russo-Japanese War Correspondence
- “Come Down from the Mountain Top and Join the Fray”: Jack London’s Role in the Mexican Revolution
- The Essays, Articles, and Lectures of Jack London
- Jack London as Playwright
- Jack London as Poet
- The Atavistic Nightmare: Memory and Recapitulation in Jack London’s Ghost and Fantasy Stories
- Darwin’s Anachronisms: Liberalism and Conservative Temporality in The Son of the Wolf
- The People of the Abyss: Tensions and Tenements in the Capital of Poverty
- Canine Narration
- Making Sense of Jack London’s Confusion of Genres in <i>The Sea-Wolf</i>
- <i>The Iron Heel</i> and the Contemporary Bourgeois Novel
- “Mix According to Formula”: Martin Eden and the Question of Genre
- Burning Daylight
- Jack London’s Sci-Fi Finale
- The Valley of the Moon: Quest for Love, Land, and a Home
- “A Curious Sort of Book”: Jack London’s The Star Rover and the Politics of Prison Reform
- Cherry, Unfinished Business: Race, Class, and the American Empire
- Sex and Science in Jack London’s America
- From Atavistic Gutter-Wolves to Anglo-Saxon Wolf: Evolution and Technology in Jack London’s Urban Industrial Modernity
- A Bestiary from the Age of Jack London
- “The Ragged Edge of Nonentity”: Jack London and the Transformation of the Tramp, 1878–1907
- Jack London and Physical Culture
- The Sovereign Logic of Jack London’s Sea Stories
- “See Things in New Ways”: Jack London, Socialism, and the Conversionary Model of Politics
- Jack London, Suffering, and the Ideal of Masculine Toughness
- Women’s Rights, Women’s Lives
- Blurred Lines: The Illustration of Jack London
Abstract and Keywords
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.
Susan Nuernberg is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She is the editor of The Critical Response to Jack London and The Letters of Russ Kingman and is currently working with Iris Dunkle on The Creative Life of Charmian K. London for the University of Missouri Press.
Iris Jamahl Dunkle is a professor at Napa Valley College and poet laureate of Sonoma County, California. Her new collection of poems, There’s a Ghost in This Machine of Air appeared in 2016. She is currently working with Susan Nuernberg on The Creative Life of Charmian K. London for the University of Missouri Press.
Alison Archer is an educator who has been teaching and writing curriculum for the works of Jack London for over twenty-five years. She is currently on the board of the Jack London Foundation.
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