American Dreamers: Charmian and Jack London

3.4 avg rating
( 10 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780595000029: American Dreamers: Charmian and Jack London

Jack London's stories of adventure in the frozen landscapes of the Yukon and the steamy islands of the South Seas have captured the imaginations of readers all over the world. Born into the working class, London was a major force in the lively Socialist movement of his day. In 1903 he shocked the morals of his country when he left his wife and two young daughters for a spunky spinster five years his senior. A new breed of woman, Charmian Kitteridge was notorious in the Bay area for daring to ride her horse astride and work in an office, unlike proper women of the day. As his "Mate-Woman," Charmian contributed to Jack's accomplishments -- she was his editor, transcriber, confidante, as well as the model for many of Jack's female characters. Together they overcame threats to their love that stemmed from Jack's alcoholism, infidelities, and illness. This is a compelling portrait that challenges the long"Cheld view of London as a rough, hard-drinking womanizer, and of Charmian as a passive, childish dependent. Instead, this is a love story and a fascinating portrait of a couple whose courage, passion, and vitality remain a model of love fulfilled.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Clarice Stasz is the author of The Vanderbilt Women (1991) and American Dreamers (1990). She is a professor of history at Sonoma State University and lives in Petaluma, California.

From Publishers Weekly:

In this revisionist, not entirely credible joint biography of the Londons, Stasz, who teaches at Sonoma University in California, draws on the novelist's writings as clues to his personality, challenging the popular concept of him as a manic, brutal alcoholic, and stressing his sensibility and humane qualities. Charmian, in a portrait based in large part on her diaries, emerges not only as the devoted lover, partner and literary model of a famous man, but as a distinct individual who shared Jack's three years of South Sea Island adventures, the inspiration of the Cruise of the Snark , and published two books of her own. She is shown also as sympathetic to his socialist politics and ranching interests. The author attributes the preoccupation with the spiritual in the novelist's later works to disillusion due to rancor and estrangement from his first wife and daughter, to material losses and to the physical ailments fostered by the alcoholism that led to his death in 1916 at age 39. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Stasz, Clarice
Published by iUniverse 12/1/1999 (1999)
ISBN 10: 0595000029 ISBN 13: 9780595000029
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description iUniverse 12/1/1999, 1999. Paperback or Softback. Book Condition: New. American Dreamers: Charmian and Jack London. Book. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-9780595000029

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 22.17
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Stasz, Clarice
Published by iUniverse 1999-12 (1999)
ISBN 10: 0595000029 ISBN 13: 9780595000029
New Quantity Available: 5
Print on Demand
Seller:
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description iUniverse 1999-12, 1999. Book Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-LSI-06850834

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.26
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.95
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Clarice Stasz
Published by iUniverse, United States (2000)
ISBN 10: 0595000029 ISBN 13: 9780595000029
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description iUniverse, United States, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Bookseller Inventory # AAV9780595000029

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 23.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Clarice Stasz
Published by iUniverse (1999)
ISBN 10: 0595000029 ISBN 13: 9780595000029
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description iUniverse, 1999. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IQ-9780595000029

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 20.28
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Clarice Stasz
Published by iUniverse, United States (2000)
ISBN 10: 0595000029 ISBN 13: 9780595000029
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description iUniverse, United States, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Bookseller Inventory # AAV9780595000029

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 24.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Clarice Stasz
ISBN 10: 0595000029 ISBN 13: 9780595000029
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
ReadWhiz
(Portland, OR, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # ria9780595000029_ing

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 25.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Clarice Stasz
Published by iUniverse
ISBN 10: 0595000029 ISBN 13: 9780595000029
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
BuySomeBooks
(Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description iUniverse. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. 396 pages. Dimensions: 9.2in. x 6.0in. x 1.0in.Jack Londons stories of adventure in the frozen landscapes of the Yukon and the steamy islands of the South Seas have captured the imaginations of readers all over the world. Born into the working class, London was a major force in the lively Socialist movement of his day. In 1903 he shocked the morals of his country when he left his wife and two young daughters for a spunky spinster five years his senior. A new breed of woman, Charmian Kitteridge was notorious in the Bay area for daring to ride her horse astride and work in an office, unlike proper women of the day. As his Mate-Woman, Charmian contributed to Jacks accomplishments -- she was his editor, transcriber, confidante, as well as the model for many of Jacks female characters. Together they overcame threats to their love that stemmed from Jacks alcoholism, infidelities, and illness. This is a compelling portrait that challenges the longCheld view of London as a rough, hard-drinking womanizer, and of Charmian as a passive, childish dependent. Instead, this is a love story and a fascinating portrait of a couple whose courage, passion, and vitality remain a model of love fulfilled. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 9780595000029

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 25.77
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Clarice Stasz
Published by iUniverse (1999)
ISBN 10: 0595000029 ISBN 13: 9780595000029
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description iUniverse, 1999. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our UK warehouse in 3 to 5 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IQ-9780595000029

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.82
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.88
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Stasz, Clarice
Published by iUniverse (2016)
ISBN 10: 0595000029 ISBN 13: 9780595000029
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description iUniverse, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2016; Not Signed; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Bookseller Inventory # ria9780595000029_lsuk

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 24.61
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.11
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Stasz, Clarice
Published by iUniverse
ISBN 10: 0595000029 ISBN 13: 9780595000029
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Russell Books
(Victoria, BC, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description iUniverse. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0595000029 Special order direct from the distributor. Bookseller Inventory # ING9780595000029

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 24.16
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.00
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book