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    • Jack London 1876-1916 How old was he when he died?
    • Family
      • Background Information
      • Born in San Francisco
      • Father William Chaney: astrologer
      • Mother Flora Wellman: “cold”
      • Step-father John London: poor farmer
      • Helped by step-sister and servant “Aunt Jenny”
      • Went to work at 10 years old
      • Quit school at 15 to work full-time in factory (salmon cannery)
      • Used books to escape life
    • Life of Adventure
      • Several odd jobs—many of them at sea
      • Oyster pirate
      • Fish patrol
      • Seaman on whaling schooner
      • Returned to high school at 19—passed entrance exam to U of Ca @ Berkley
      • One semester
      • Lacked finances
    • Klondike Gold Rush
      • Jack London in the Kondike
      • Joined the gold rush to help support his mom after John London died
      • Returned home because of illness (scurvy)
      • Ideas for writing gained here
    • Political Ideas
      • Arrested for vagrancy in 1894-one month in jail
      • Fought for poor—Socialist
      • Shared wealth—never quit working; worried about money
    • Finally earned money writing
      • Published over 50 novels; letter writer; speaker
      • Call of the Wild/The Sea Wolf
      • “Great Earthquake and Fire” (San Francisco) written for Collier’s magazine paid 25 cents/word-2500 word article
    • Adult/Family Life
    • Married
      • Bessie May Madden-April 7, 1900
      • Later divorced (1905)—different interests
    • Children
      • Joan—born January 15,1901
      • Bess—born October 20,1902
      • Third child died at birth
    • Married (2 nd time)
      • Charmain Kitterage-November 19, 1905
      • Adventures at sea together
      • Built large ranch in California
    • Jack London’s Admonition
      • Write what you see!
    • Jack London’s Style
      • Helps reader become involved because he experienced what he wrote about
      • Used vivid language
      • Adverbs
      • Adjectives
      • Unusual word order
      • Repetition
      • Stories are based on experiences-reality based
      • Life and death situations
    • Primary Source
      • Eyewitness Accounts—autobiography
      • Diaries, letters, news accounts, photos, art
    • Secondary Source
      • Written by someone with no direct experience with events of person’s life
      • Using information from other sources
    • Famous Books from Jack London
      • Websites of Jack London
      • Jack London on line collection
    • Miscellaneous
      • The Story of an Eyewitness
      • Today in Literature
      • Klondike Rush
      • Jack London Introduction
      • King of Mazy May
        • Power Point
        • Mazy May
      • The Call of the Wild