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  • 1. Jack London 1876-1916 How old was he when he died?
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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
  • 5. Political Ideas
    • Arrested for vagrancy in 1894-one month in jail
    • Fought for poor—Socialist
    • Shared wealth—never quit working; worried about money
  • 6. 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
  • 7. Adult/Family Life
  • 8. Married
    • Bessie May Madden-April 7, 1900
    • Later divorced (1905)—different interests
  • 9. Children
    • Joan—born January 15,1901
    • Bess—born October 20,1902
    • Third child died at birth
  • 10. Married (2 nd time)
    • Charmain Kitterage-November 19, 1905
    • Adventures at sea together
    • Built large ranch in California
  • 11. Jack London’s Admonition
    • Write what you see!
  • 12. 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
  • 13. Primary Source
    • Eyewitness Accounts—autobiography
    • Diaries, letters, news accounts, photos, art
  • 14. Secondary Source
    • Written by someone with no direct experience with events of person’s life
    • Using information from other sources
  • 15. Famous Books from Jack London
    • Websites of Jack London
    • Jack London on line collection
  • 16. 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