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Radical Jack London: Writings on War and Revolution

London, Jack

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ISBN 10: 0520255461 / ISBN 13: 9780520255463
Published by University Of California Press, 2008
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Berkeley. 2008. University Of California Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Wrappers. 304 pages. paperback. John Griffith ‘Jack’ London (born John Griffith Chaney, January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone. He is best remembered as the author of 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’. London was a passionate advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers and wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics such as his dystopian novel The Iron Heel, his non-fiction exposé The People of the Abyss, and The War of the Classes. 9780520255463. keywords: 41451. inventory # 35911. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Big things are happening secretly all around,’ says Jack London’s prescient hero Ernest Everhard in the 1908 novel The Iron Heel, excerpted in this timely anthology of London’s writings about war and revolution. Besides illuminating his surprising literary range, The Radical Jack London establishes the iconic American author as both a product of his own era and a significant voice for ours. The book features works by London that have been unavailable for decades. In his insightful introduction, editor Jonah Raskin lays out the social, economic, and political contexts for London’s polemical writings and shows London to be America’s leading revolutionary writer at the turn of the twentieth century. Jack London (1876-1916) was the author of The Call of the Wild (1903), The Sea-Wolf (1904), and the prophetic novel The Iron Heel (1908), among some fifty books. Jonah Raskin is Chair of Communications at Sonoma State University. Bookseller Inventory # 35911

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Title: Radical Jack London: Writings on War and ...

Publisher: University Of California Press

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: paperback

Book Condition:Very Good In Wrappers

Edition: 1st Edition.

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"Big things are happening secretly all around," says Jack London's prescient hero Ernest Everhard in the 1908 novel The Iron Heel, excerpted in this timely anthology of London's writings about war and revolution. Besides illuminating his surprising literary range, The Radical Jack London establishes the iconic American author as both a product of his own era and a significant voice for ours. The book features works by London that have been unavailable for decades. In his insightful introduction, editor Jonah Raskin lays out the social, economic, and political contexts for London's polemical writings and shows London to be America's leading revolutionary writer at the turn of the twentieth century.

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"This splendid volume does more than reinstate Jack London as a leading voice of the American cultural left. Jonah Raskin documents how London struggled to reconcile his political and his personal desires, creating memorable art but failing to save himself. One of the world's most popular writers comes alive, in all his passion and agony."—Michael Kazin, author of A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan

"Interest in Jack London never flags. This first-rate anthology places London at the epicenter of the American radical tradition."—Kevin Starr, University of Southern California

"In this well conceptualized anthology, Jonah Raskin has resurrected works that have been unavailable for decades, making The Radical Jack London a very timely presence for the twenty-first century. Raskin's own writing is forceful and engaging, and he is unblinkingly honest about London as person and as writer, never succumbing to romanticizing or whitewashing the picture of either."—H. Bruce Franklin, John Cotton Dana Professor of English and American Studies, Rutgers University

"Jack London always knew how to bang a righteous drum of social indignation, and in The Radical Jack London he can make your heart pound even today."—Paul Berman, author of Power and the Idealists and editor of Carl Sandburg: Selected Poems

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