Author Archive

Pandemic Fear and Literature: Observations from Jack London’s The Scarlet Plague, by Michele Augusto Riva, Marta Benedetti, and Giancarlo Cesana


The Scarlet Plague, originally published by Jack London in 1912, was one of the first examples of a postapocalyptic fiction novel in modern literature (1). Set in a ravaged and wild America, the… Continue reading

What Our Contagion Fables Are Really About, by Jill Lepore


In the literature of pestilence, the greatest threat isn’t the loss of human life but the loss of what makes us human. Poe’s red death becomes a pandemic in Jack London’s novel “The… Continue reading

Major Update to the Jack London Website at

by has a new look and has gone through a major update. In addition to being much easier to navigate, it meets the latest Accessibility requirements for web pages. Many will recall Dave… Continue reading

Wolf man: Why the life of Jack London was as wild as his books, By Simon Ingram


This week a new cinematic adaptation of The Call of the Wild is released, starring Harrison Ford in the role of John Thornton – a Canadian gold hunter who befriends a dog named Buck against the elemental… Continue reading

A Movie Review: The Call of the Wild (2020) A-II (PG), By Dr. Joseph McAleer


Harrison Ford and a dog named Buck appear in the movie The Call of the Wild.  

Podcast #579: Jack London’s Literary Code, with Earle Labor


Podcast #579: Jack London’s Literary Code The literature of Jack London has long been given the short shrift by scholars. They say he wrote some good dog stories for boys, but beyond that… Continue reading

New Penguin Classics Edition of “The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Other Stories”

by The Call of the Wild, London’s elemental masterpiece about a dog learning to survive in the wilderness, sees pampered pet Buck snatched from his home and set to work as a sled-dog… Continue reading

Call for Papers: Jack London Society Panels at the American Literature Association 31st Annual Conference May 21-24, 2020


  Call for Papers Jack London Society American Literature Association 31st Annual Conference May 21-24, 2020 Paper submissions are invited for the Jack London Society panels at the American Literature Association 31th Annual… Continue reading

Theorizing Jack London: The 2020 Jack London Society 15th Biennial Symposium: November 5–8, 2020, Sonoma Valley Inn & Krug Event Center, Sonoma, California


The 15th Biennial Jack London Society Symposium will be held November 5–8, 2020 at The Sonoma Valley Inn & Krug Event Center in Sonoma, California. The organizers encourage participants to experiment with innovative,… Continue reading

Gold Fever! Deadly Cold! And the Amazing True Adventures of Jack London in the Wild, By Richard Grant; Photographs by Grant Harder


In 1897, the California native went to the frozen North looking for gold. What he found instead was the great American novel By Richard Grant; Photographs by Grant Harder