Jack London's The Call of the Wild and To Build a Fire
Enjoy illustrations from Jack London's most popular book; enjoy his prolific short story collection, particularly "To Build a Fire."
The Call of the Wild
Jack London's most popular story follows a dog named Buck, a 140 pound Saint Bernard and Scotch Shepard mix. Buck is abducted from a comfortable life as a pet and tossed into the chaos of the Klondike Gold Rush and the brutal realities of frontier life.
Almost entirely unknown to modern readers, Burning Daylight, was one of the best selling books of 1910 and it was Jack London's best selling book while he was alive. The book takes its title from the nickname of the main character. Jack London took inspiration from the real life entrepreneur Borax Smith.
Jack London was a pen name and he was probably born as John Griffith Chaney in San Francisco. Like the restive characters in his works, London sought a variety of experiences as a young man including sailor, hobo and an agitator for jobs during the depression. This photo of him writing was taken in 1905.