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London, Jack

Published by The Macmillan Company

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About this Item: The Macmillan Company. Condition: Very Good. Condition: Very Good -; First edition, second printing, with London and Strunsky listed on the title page. Blue-green cloth with black floral decoration and white titles to front, black decoration and gilt titles to spine. Some small dents/bumps to lower edge of front board. Edges rubbed, with more pronounced wear at corners and at ends of spine. Small purple streak or stain to back board, likely ink. Previous owner's name on FFEP. Seller Inventory # 1013281

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London, Jack, and Anna Strunsky

Published by The Macmillan Company, New York London (1903)

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About this Item: The Macmillan Company, New York London, 1903. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No DJ. First Edition, First Issue. 262 Pp. + 3 Pp Ads At Rear. Blue Green Cloth, Decorated In Darker Shades, Gilt Spine Lettering, White Spine Lettering. Teg. First Edition, First Issue, With The Author's Names Omitted Throughout. Publisher's Name On Spine In Letters 1/8" Tall; No Priority Established. Written As A Collaboration Between Jack London And Anna Strunsky. Ms. Strunsky Was An Active Socialist, Was Married To Socialist And Naacp Founder William English Walling, And Was The Aunt Of Leonore Strunsky (Born 1900) Who Was The Late Wife Of Composer Ira Gershwin. This Copy With A Personal Inscription "For Sonia Brown | With The Appreciative | Regard Of | Lane Kempton | ( Anna Strunsky | Walling.) | San Francisco, | November 19, 1943." There Is An Additional Small Ink Signature, Erased, On The Front Pastedown, And A Large Partially Erased Signature On The Half-Title. Very Good, Light Wear. Inscribed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 036157

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About this Item: The Macmillan Company, New York, 1903. Handsomely bound in finely woven grayish-blue cloth stamped brightly in white lettering on the front boards; with charming drawings of birds and flowers decorating the front panel. The spine is stamped brightly in gilt with designs as well. The top edges are gilded. With a touch of rubbing to the top and bottom of the spine ends; light wear to the corners. Clean and tight throughout, and printed on heavy, creamy white paper. One name written in green on the front endpaper as well as another previous owner's initials and the date of Aug. 21, 1903. With 3 pages of ads for Macmillan books at the back. Rather a scarce book, especially without the authors' names on the title page or anywhere else. A collector's copy. The Kempton-Wace Letters presents a discussion of the philosophy of love and sex, written in the form of a series of letters between two men, "Herbert Wace," a young scientist, and "Dane Kempton," an elderly poet. Writer Jack London wrote "Wace's" letters, and Anna Strunsky wrote "Kempton's." In the late 19th century, the authors were part of a San Francisco radical literary group known as "The Crowd."Kempton makes the case for feeling and emotion, while Wace proceeds "scientifically" and analyzes love in Darwinian terms:"I purpose to order my affairs in a rational manner.Wherefore I marry Hester Stebbins. I am not impelled by the archaic sex madness of the beast, nor by the obsolescent romance madness of later-day man. I contract a tie which reason tells me is based upon health and sanity and compatibility. My intellect shall delight in that tie." Initially the public was piqued by the anonymity of the writers and the book was moderately successful. London biographer Russ Kingman praised the book; he quoted the Buffalo Commercial as admiring the "sheer charm of its prose" and saying the book "holds firmly its place in the front rank of the best of the season's publications. The New York Times was less charitable. It opened its review with the terse line, "The sex problem again." It complained that "Nothing that the scientist says is new, nothing that the poet says is new. The thing has been thrashed out some millions of times. Nor does the unnamed author infuse into either Wace or Kempton anything to give human personality or appeal. As a story [it] falls flat; as a discussion of a topic as old as interesting, as overworked."Joseph Noel says that George Sterling described London's portion of the book, as "a spiritual misprint, a typographical error half a volume long" and says "His vocabulary, in the letters of Herbert Wace, sounds as if taken that day from an encyclopedia by a conscientious sophomore."Biographers have been intrigued by The Kempton-Wace Letters for the light it seems to shed on Jack London's life and ideas. Strunsky was named as the co-respondent in Jack London's divorce from his first wife, Bessie, but biographers generally agree that his relation with the younger Strunsky was platonic. They were active in socialism and the literary group, "The Crowd", in San Francisco.In the novel, London expresses his theories about the "Mother-Woman" and the "Mate-Woman," roles which seem to correspond to the roles played by his first wife and his second. After London's death in 1916, Strunsky published a memoir in The Masses in 1917 about their relationship. (Wikipedia) John Griffith "Jack" London (born John Griffith Chaney, 1876 1916) was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone, including science fiction. Some of 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", and of the. Seller Inventory # 608

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LONDON, Jack].

Published by New York, The Macmillan Company, 1903. (1903)

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About this Item: New York, The Macmillan Company, 1903., 1903. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First edition, first issue, without the author's names on the title page. 8vo. Original gray/blue cloth, with front decoratively stamped in black in an all over floral design and lettered in gilt, t.e.g., others uncut (front hinge a little cracked), else a fine, bright copy. 256 pages. Enclosed in an old worn slipcase. Inscribed by Jack London with a quote from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam on the front free endpaper: "To dear Charles Warren Stoddard* - 'Indeed, indeed, Repentance /oft before / I swore - but was I / sober when I swore?' / Jack London / The Bungalow /June 6, 1903". Issued very early in his career - in fact, in the same year are his now classic "The Call of the Wild" - "The Kempton-Wace Letters" was a collaborative novel consisting of the epistolary discussion of the philosophy of love, written anonymously by Jack London and Anna Strunsky. *Charles Warren Stoddard (1843-1909), California poet and author of many travel narratives. After journeying to Hawaii and Tahiti, he wrote South-Sea Idylls (1873), Hawaiian Life (1894), and The Lepers of Molokai (1885); Jack London borrowed the last title for an article in Woman's Home Companion, January 1908. From 1889 to 1902 Stoddard was professor of English at the Catholic University of America. As evidenced by London's breezy letters to the older Stoddard, the two appear to have been on quite friendly terms. In one letter from 1900, London - referring to Stoddard's books on the South Seas - writes: "You are responsible. You have sown the seeds of unrest in me.". Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 307252

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