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"There have been few more colorful, individualistic, and, ultimately more tragic ﬁgures in American literature than Jack London. Born in San Francisco in 1876, London struggled to release himself from the stiﬂing burdens of illegitimacy and poverty.
His quest led him on a succession of rugged adventures in far-ﬂung locales. He was an oyster pirate in San Francisco Bay, a gold prospector in the frozen Klondike, a sailor in the South Seas. He drew largely on his rough and tumble experiences throughout his proliﬁc career as a writer of novels, short stories, and magazine articles.
London, who by most accounts was the most successful writer of his time—in terms of ﬁnancial earnings, fame and popularity—is today best-known for his outdoor adventure stories. White Fang, The Call of the Wild, and To Build a Fire, his most popular works, have stereotyped the writer as one who depicts the theme of the individual’s struggle to survive, using nature’s harshness as a backdrop. But London’s message was more complex than that, yet through time it’s been largely ignored....."
From the official website JACK LONDON Historic State Park, http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=25130