The Call of the Wild / Jack London

20 Jan

“A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog,
when you are just as hungry as the dog.”
– Jack London

Wikipedia: John Griffith London (born John Griffith Chaney; born in San Francisco on January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916 was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first writers to become a worldwide celebrity and earn a large fortune from writing. He was also an innovator in the genre that would later become known as science fiction.

His most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories “To Build a Fire”, “An Odyssey of the North”, and “Love of Life”. He also wrote about the South Pacific in stories such as “The Pearls of Parlay”, and “The Heathen”.

London was part of the radical literary group “The Crowd” in San Francisco and a passionate advocate of unionization, workers’ rights, socialism, and eugenics. He wrote several works dealing with these topics, such as his dystopian novel The Iron Heel, his non-fiction exposé The People of the Abyss, The War of the Classes, and Before Adam.

Buck was a St. Bernard/Scotch shepherd mix breed.

The Legendary Chilkoot Pass between British Columbia and Alaska

 Klondike Gold Rush / The Legendary Chilkoot Pass between British Columbia and Alaska

2 Responses to “The Call of the Wild / Jack London”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong January 20, 2020 at 11:50 am #

    I remember standing on the dock in San Francisco named after Jack London and remembering how much I loved his books. I think he was the first author I read where you looked through the eyes of the dog. Maybe that is why the movies made from his books are never as good as they ought to be. They are all based on people and their views, not the dogs.


    • jcalberta January 20, 2020 at 12:05 pm #

      Thanks Marilyn. A really good observation. Well, as you know, Great Writers are Great Artists. Movies are a compliment to them – but often can’t catch the Magic.


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