Jack London: A Writer's Fight for a Better America (Hardback)
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Jack London: A Writer's Fight for a Better America (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 30/09/2015
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Jack London (1876-1916) found fame with his wolf-dog tales and sagas of the frozen North, but Cecelia Tichi challenges the longstanding view of London as merely a mass-market producer of potboilers. A onetime child laborer, London led a life of poverty in the Gilded Age before rising to worldwide acclaim for stories, novels, and essays designed to hasten the social, economic, and political advance of America. In this major reinterpretation of London's career, Tichi examines how the beloved writer leveraged his written words as a force for the future.

Tracing the arc of London's work from the late 1800s through the 1910s, Tichi profiles the writer's allies and adversaries in the cities, on the factory floor, inside prison walls, and in the farmlands. Thoroughly exploring London's importance as an artist and political and public figure, Tichi brings to life a man who merits recognition as one of America's foremost public intellectuals.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469622668
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 825 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
London steps from Tichi's pages as a self-educated intellectual absorbed by the plight of the downtrodden and the oppressed.--Foreword Reviews


Tichi paints a portrait of Jack London as a champion of progressive causes.--Chapter 16


[A] persuasive reappraisal of Jack London. . . . Brings a fresh perspective to an author and thinker frequently dismissed as a mere writer of adventure fiction.--Publishers Weekly


A study of the world in a man and how he hoped to change it.--Jay Williams, Studies in American Naturalism


Tichi's reframing of London offers a significant rethinking of early twentieth-century America.--American Historical Review


An illuminating study of a literary figure long receded into stereotype. . . . A fruitful, well-written blend of cultural history, literary criticism, and biography.--Kirkus Reviews


Strongly recommended for London devotees and for anyone with an interest in the evolution of social reforms in America.--Library Journal

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