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202 × 132 × 15 mm
224 pages
43 illustrations
12 Apr 2021
Critical Lives

Jack London Kenneth K. Brandt

Jack London (1876–1916) by any standards lived a life of excess. London’s exuberant energies propelled him out of the working class to become a world-famous writer by the age of 27, after stints as a child labourer, an oyster pirate, a Pacific seaman and a convict. He wrote extensively about his travels to Japan, the Yukon, the slums of London’s East End, Korea, Hawaii and the South Seas. The author of classics such as The Call of the Wild and The Sea-Wolf emerges in Kenneth K. Brandt’s new biography as a vital and flawed embodiment of conflicting yearnings.

London’s writings, bolstered by their wildly clashing philosophical viewpoints derived from thinkers like Nietzsche, Marx, and Darwin, continue to engross readers with their depictions of primal urges, raw sensations and reformist politics.

‘In bold, declarative sentences, Ken Brandt states the facts of Jack London's life by tying them together in a thrilling and economical narrative. It should be the first biography anyone consults.’ — Jay Williams, author of the three-volume 'Author Under Sail: The Imagination of Jack London' (2014–) and general editor of 'The Complete Works of Jack London' (forthcoming)

‘Kenneth Brandt presents this “visionary storyteller” through careful analysis of each of [London’s] literary works: a must read for those who want to know the story behind this author’s great works.’ — Iris Jamahl Dunkle, author of 'Charmian Kittredge London: Trailblazer, Author, Adventurer' (2020)

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Kenneth K. Brandt is Professor of English at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He is the author of Jack London (Writers and Their Work, 2018).