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Jack London. 1876-1916 Born into a poor family in San Francisco Worked hard since he was 8 Graduated grammar school in Oakland Had a passion for readin. Attended high school for 1 year Passed entrance exams for U of California at Berkley.

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jack london
Jack London
  • 1876-1916
  • Born into a poor family in San Francisco
  • Worked hard since he was 8
  • Graduated grammar school in Oakland
  • Had a passion for readin
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Attended high school for 1 year

Passed entrance exams for U of California at Berkley.

Studied, wrote, and worked and ended up dropping out half way through the first year

Traveled to the Klondike to prosper for gold in 1897

Became sick and had to leave but the experience was an inspiration for his writing

Life
wilderness and writing

First major success, story collection: The Son of the Wolf

    • To build a Fire (most famous short story) focuses on survival
  • The Call of the Wild (most famous novel) celebrates the escape to freedom of a sled dog named Buck
Wilderness and Writing
success and hardship

He turned out nearly 50 volumes of essays and fiction

  • Became a millionaire
  • Married and had 2 daughters
    • Wife sued him for divorce in 1905
  • Remarried and moved to Sonoma, CA
    • Nearly completed mansion burned down
    • Became an alcoholic and suffered kidney disease and depression
    • Took a lethal dose of narcotics in 1916, fell into a coma and died
Success and Hardship