The life of American writer Jack London (1876-1916) spanned a lively and complicated historical era and he was able to capture
the period in his many works of fiction and nonfiction. This collection, donated by Palmer Andrews in 2014, focuses on books
and research materials that reflect London’s vast range of interests and his personal and literary connections to contemporaries,
great thinkers, and events. For more information about and to make an appointment to view this collection, search the University
Library’s online catalog.
The collection was processed and the inventory prepared by Lynn Downey in 2018. The materials are housed in the Library’s
Waring Jones Reading Room.
Jack London (born Jan. 12, 1876, died Nov. 22, 1916) is best known for his books The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and The
Sea-Wolf, and a few short stories, such as "To Build a Fire" and "The White Silence." In fact, he was a prolific writer whose
fiction explored several regions and their cultures: the Yukon, California, Hawaii, and the Solomon Islands. He experimented
with many literary forms, from conventional love stories and dystopias to science fantasy. His noted journalism included war
correspondence, boxing stories, and the life of Molokai lepers. A committed socialist, he insisted, against editorial pressures,
on writing political essays and on inserting social criticism in his fiction.
He was among the most influential figures of his day, and understood how to create a public persona and use the media to market
his self-created image of poor-boy-turned-success-story. London's great passion was agriculture, and he was well on the way
to creating a new model for ranching through his Beauty Ranch when he died at age 40. He left over fifty books of novels,
stories, journalism, and essays, many of which have been translated and continue to be read around the world.