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The Road

The Road

by Jack London
Paperback
Publication Date: 12/06/2019
RRP  $20.30 $19.95
"The Road" is a 1907 autobiographical memoir by American writer Jack London. Within it, London recounts his experience of being homeless during the 1890 depression in the United States. He tells of his having to hop freight trains, beg to survive, his various run-ins with the police, and much more in an interesting and insightful account of life during an economic depression. This volume will appeal to those with an interest in the depression of the late nineteenth century, and it is not to be missed by fans and collectors of London's seminal work. John Griffith London (1876 - 1916), commonly known as Jack London, was an American journalist, social activist, and novelist. He was an early pioneer of commercial magazine fiction, becoming one of the first globally-famous celebrity writers who were able to earn a large amount of money from their writing. London is famous for his contributions to early science fiction and also notably belonged to "The Crowd", a literary group an Francisco known for its radical members and ideas. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially-commissioned new biography of the author.
ISBN:
9781528712200
9781528712200
Category:
Memoirs
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
12-06-2019
Publisher:
Read & Co. Books
Pages:
144
Dimensions (mm):
216x140x9mm
Weight:
0.19kg
Jack London

Jack London (1876 - 1916), lived a life rather like one of his adventure stories. He was born John Chaney, the son of a travelling Irish-American fortune-teller and Flora Wellman, the outcast of a rich family. By the time Jack was a year old, Flora had married a grocer called John London and settled into a life of poverty in Pennsylvania. As Jack grew up he managed to escape from his grim surroundings into books borrowed from the local library - his reading was guided by the librarian.

At fifteen Jack left home and travelled around North America as a tramp - he was once sent to prison for thirty days on a charge of vagrancy. At nineteen he could drink and curse as well as any boatman in California! He never lost his love of reading and even returned to education and gained entry into the University of California. He soon moved on and in 1896 joined the gold rush to the Klondyke in north-west Canada. He returned without gold but with a story in his head that became a huge best-seller - The Call of the Wild - and by 1913 he was the highest -paid and most widely read writer in the world. He spent all his money on his friends, on drink and on building himself a castle-like house which was destroyed by fire before it was finished. Financial difficulties led to more pressure than he could cope with and in 1916, at the age of forty, Jack London committed suicide.

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