Symposium and Exhibition at Stanford– Jack London: Apostle of the American West
The symposium will mark the 100th anniversary of Jack London’s death in 1916 with panel presentations representing three aspects of his life and career:
• His unique biography;
• The history and culture during the turn of the century era in the American West;
• And, capturing the vibrant scholarship and criticism surrounding the man, his legend, life, and creative writings.
London had a deep connection to Stanford even though he briefly attended UC Berkeley. He lectured often at the University about literature, socialism and social justice; was romantically and intellectually involved with a Stanford graduate student (Anna Strunsky Walling, 1877-1964) who remained lifetime friends and colleagues; and the University Press published his letters in 1988 (3 volume set) and London’s complete stories in 1993, to name a few examples.
This event is free and open to the public, however, advance registration is strongly encouraged, using the form below.
Jeanne C. Reesman, University of Texas at San Antonio, Professor of English
Sara (Sue) Hodson, Huntington Library, Curator of the Jack London Papers
· Both Reesman and Hodson will be presenting on Jack London and his photojournalism.
Donna M. Campbell, Washington State University, Professor of English
· Campbell will be presenting on Jack London’s literary influences on the American imagination and his relationship to other western fiction writers.
Peter Blodgett, Huntington Library, Chief Curator of Western Manuscripts
· Blodgett will be presenting on the history of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in California and the historical and cultural events that shaped Jack London’s literary themes and lifestyle.
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