Author's Bio (see also Wikipedia)
Jack London (1876-1916) was a Californian writer and adventurer who was accustomed to working hard and learning all he could by an early age. Born in San Francisco, London was raised primarily by his mother and a family servant. London's family moved from the rural farmlands of the San Francisco Bay Area to the more metropolitan suburb of Oakland, where young Jack went to school and spent many hours poring over the shelves of the local public library. Still a child, London went to work in a cannery in order to help his family make ends meet. When the Alaskan gold rush of the 1890s reached its height, London left to seek his fortune. Having endured the incredible hardship of the Alaskan Klondike, London returned to California and set out to make a name for himself as a writer. He enjoyed his first success on the pages of periodical magazines, writing short stories that delighted a broad range of readers. His works often featured animals, a trademark of his most famous novel, The Call of the Wild. With the public's warm reception of his writing, London had finally achieved the security and comfort that had evaded him throughout his childhood. He continued to write novels and shorter works, publishing such well-known novels as White Fang and Martin Eden before his death in 1916.
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