An Autobiography of Jack London 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. this day 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, superstar, polemicist, and drunk.

An Autobiography of Jack London is a revealing portrait of the fellow who was once 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 genuine perception into the nature and character of this uniquely American literary icon. This e-book is illustrated all through with greater than 40 drawings, facsimile pages from his works, and modern photos, many taken by way of London himself.

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It doesn’t matter. If he chases me ten miles, he’ll nevertheless have to catch the train, and I can board her at any speed that he can. So I run on, keeping just comfortably ahead of him and straining my eyes in the gloom for cattle-guards and switches that may bring me to grief. Alas! I strain my eyes too far ahead, and trip over something just under my feet, I know not what, some little thing, and go down to earth in a long, stumbling fall. The next moment I am on my feet, but the shack has me by the collar.

Two weeks ago. I was with him when it happened. We were crossing the street together. He fell right down. He was never conscious again. They carried him into a drug-store. ” And thereat I developed the pitiful tale of my father—how, after my mother’s death, he and I had gone to San Francisco from the ranch; how his pension (he was an old soldier), and the little other money he had, was not enough; and how he had tried book-canvassing. Also, I narrated my own woes during the few days after his death that I had spent alone and forlorn on the streets of San Francisco.

I gorged like a savage; but then it was a far cry across the Sierras on a blind baggage, and I knew not when nor where I should find my next meal. And all the while, like a death’s-head at the feast, silent and motionless, her own unfortunate boy sat and stared at me across the table. I suppose I represented to him mystery, and romance, and adventure—all that was denied the feeble flicker of life that was in him. And yet I could not forbear, once or twice, from wondering if he saw through me down to the bottom of my mendacious heart.

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