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Jack London. By: Moira. Who were Jack London’s Parents?. Some believe that his father was William Chaney and his mother was Flora Wellman. If Flora Wellman and William Chaney were legally married is unknown. The documents were destroyed in a fire that followed after the earthquake in 1906.

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Jack london

Jack London

By: Moira


Who were jack london s parents

Who were Jack London’s Parents?

  • Some believe that his father was William Chaney and his mother was Flora Wellman. If Flora Wellman and William Chaney were legally married is unknown.

  • The documents were destroyed in a fire that followed after the earthquake in 1906.

  • William Chaney referred to Flora Wellman as wife and Flora called herself Florence Wellman Chaney.


Why was jack london accused of plagiarism

Why was Jack London accused of Plagiarism?

  • Egerton R. Young claimed that Call of the Wild was copied off of the book My Dogs in Northland. Jack London said he did use the book as a source but claimed to have written a letter thanking him.

  • Another time Jack London and Frank Norris showed similarity of the two stories. On one Jack London’s short story Moon-Face and Frank’s book The passing of Cock-eye Blacklock. Jack said that the to writer has based their stories on the same news article.


Some more reasons why jack london was accused of plagiarism

Some more reasons why Jack London was accused of Plagiarism

  • In 1906 the New York World published a columns that showed eighteen paragraphs of his short story Love of Life next to the similar paragraphs from a nonfiction article by Augustus Biddle and J. K Macdonald. It was called Lost in the Land of the Midnight Sun.


The beauty ranch

The Beauty Ranch

  • In 1905 Jack London bough a ranch in Glen, Ellen Sonoma County, California that was 1,000 aces. The price was $26,450.

  • Jack London said “Next to my wife the ranch is the dearest thing in the world to me.”

  • Jack London really wanted the ranch to become a successful business enterprise


Jack london s early life

Jack London’s Early Life

  • He was born near Third and Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA. The house was burned down in the fire in 1906 after the earthquake.

  • In 1889 began working at Hickmock’s Cannery. Wanting a way out he borrowed money from his foster mother Virginia Prentiss and became a oyster pirate called French Frank.

  • After his sloop became damaged Jack London became part of the California Fish Patrol.


1 st marriage

1st Marriage

  • Jack London married Elisabeth Maddern or Bessie on April 17, 1900.

  • London’s pet name for Bessie was Mother-Girl while hers for Jack was Daddy-Boy.

  • They had two children. Their first was Joan and the second was Bessie but they called her Becky.

  • Jack was kind and loving to Bessie that when his friends came over they didn’t even suspect there marriage break-up.


2 nd marriage

2nd Marriage

  • After having divorced Bessie he married Charmian Kittredge in 1905.

  • They liked to take trips. One of them were a cruise on a yacht that went to Australia and Hawaii.

  • Jack and his wife also went to Goldfield, Nevada and met the Bond Brothers. The Bond Brothers were mining engineers.

  • Once one of their children died after birth and one was a miscarriage.


Jack london s death

Jack London’s Death

  • Jack died November 22, 1916 on the porch of the cottage on his ranch.

  • He was in really bad pain and was taking morphine. It could be a possibility that he overdosed on it accidental or deliberate and that might be a reason that he died.

  • London’s ashes are buried next to his second wife’s grave who died in 1955. His grave is marked by a mossy bolder.


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