Why Jack London Still Matters

By Cecelia Tichi / Special to The Sonoma Valley Sun



Jack London once again summons us in the 21st century, this time for the uncanny coincidence of this deja-vu moment that links his era with our own. The America of today repeats many of the same conditions that defined Jack London’s time. He lived in the first Gilded Age of material abundance, technological superiority, global prestige, and economic growth—all undershot with stupendous wealth inequality, cycles of joblessness, treacherous workplaces that ravaged adults’ and children’s lives, farming practices that exhausted the soil, and a criminal justice system that rivaled Dante’s “Inferno.”