Jack London's Racial Lives: A Critical Biography (Hardback)Jeanne Campbell Reesman (author)
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Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 424
Weight: 794 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 33 mm
Jack London's attitudes toward and treatments of the race issue in his public statements and in his fiction constitute one of the most controversial and problematic aspects of his complex persona. Reesman's study is both exhaustive and definitive. She rightly argues that London's attitudes defy simplification, not only because he was divided on the issue in his own mind but also because his attitudes were dynamic, not static. She has deftly analyzed the causes of his ambivalence and accurately traced the course of his significant attitudinal changes through both his fiction and his nonfiction.--Earle Labor "editor of The Portable Jack London "
Almost certainly destined to be a 'lion in the path' to all future work on Jack London.--Lawrence I. Berkove "coeditor of The Short Fiction of Ambrose Bierce: A Comprehensive Edition, Volume I "
This is an important book, not only because Jack London is an important and often underappreciated writer but because the contradictions and ambiguities about race that marked London's work continue, alas, to mark American society and politics to this very day. Reading London, as this book so vividly shows, is reading ourselves.--Paul Lauter "general editor of The Heath Anthology of American Literature "
History seems to have dealt London a bad hand as he's now best remembered as an adventure story writer meant for Boy Scouts and teen naturalists. Reesman knows better. Her detailed explications of London's life and writings reveal the complicated and radical thought behind his fiction.--Steve Horowitz "Pop Matters "
Jack London's Racial Lives reveals the ambiguity of London's temperamental views of race while making a case that he was progressive and radical in his racial views in some of his work. Was Jack London a racist? Yes, the answer seems to be, but it's complicated.--John Lennon "American Studies "
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