Friday, December 21, 2012


Novels and Stories: The Call of the Wild, White Fang, The Sea Wolf, Klondike and Other Stories. / by Jack London. Published by The Library of America, 1982.

Dialog in novels and short stories reveal a character's persona more than any other technique of writing. And yet it’s the description of a person or place that really sets the stage for a story and provides credible background that cultivates the reader's imagination. In both methods Jack London excelled because he really was captivated by human struggle and dignity. Out of these two compelling conditions he created stories about sailors, the Gold Rush in Alaska, factory workers, and many more. People whose social circumstance or biological inheritance fascinated him and so became the focus of his writings. He was of course deeply fascinated by the romantic, yet his works pay tribute to the grit of life.

Novels and Social Writings: The People of the Abyss/ the Road/ The Iron Heel/ Martin Eden/ John Barleycorn. / by Jack London. Published by The Library of America, 1982.

A powerfully-engaged man, London got involved and traveled to Asia as a war correspondent in the Russo-Japanese War, photographing people and conditions there. He also appeared in England where he posed homeless along London’s quays so he could study the struggles of poverty and wrote "The People of the Abyss", an acknowledged and socially-charged statement of the times (early 1900). About ten years later he designed a yacht and with his wife set sail on his personal travels to Pacific island destinations.

The Los Angeles Maritime Museum Books in the Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library are available for borrowing by Museum members. See books in collection in our online catalog.

Museum volunteer: At the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, volunteers answer questions at the front desk, give museum tours, operate the tug ANGELS GATE, use the Morse code, build ship models, and staff The Sea Chest, the museum’s gift shop. Visit the web page for more information.

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