Category Archive: Essays and Commentary

When Jack London Hit the High Seas


Because there’s more to Jack London than dogs and snow.

Astral Travels with Jack London


On the centenary of Jack London’s death, Benjamin Breen looks at the writer’s last book to be published in his lifetime, The Star Rover — a strange tale about solitary confinement and interstellar… Continue reading

JL in the News: The Short, Frantic, Rags-to-Riches Life of Jack London by Kenneth Brandt (Smithsonian Magazine)


The Short, Frantic, Rags-to-Riches Life of Jack London London, who died a century ago, was a rough and tumble troublemaker with a prolific pen Portrait of Jack London by Arnold Genthe (Library of… Continue reading

JL in the News: Jack London, a century on

by Jack London, a century on Yesterday, as Dennis Duncan has noted, was the seventieth anniversary of a controversial book – J’irai cracher sur vos tombes (I Shall Spit on Your Graves) by… Continue reading

Jack London: Sailor, By Keith Newlin


By most accounts, the acclaimed and charismatic writer lived life — and sailed — impetuously and on the edge.  

JL in the News: Forever wild: Celebrating Jack London 100 years after his death


Photo: PhotoQuest / Getty Images, Getty Images By Jonah Raskin Jack London in 1916, the year he died. Jack London is probably best remembered for “The Call of the Wild,” his epic dog… Continue reading

JL in the News: The Guardian on Jack London


“Reading group: Which Jack London book should we read in November?” by Sam Jordison Snippets (read the rest at the link): But he didn’t write a book called On the Road. In… Continue reading

Jack London’s Mark on Literature, by Jeanne Campbell Reesman


  Jack London means many things around the globe. He was a pivotal writer at the turn of the century whose literary naturalism and socialism also had important effects on the literatures of… Continue reading

Shakespeare at 400, Jack London at 100: Genius Lives, by Jonah Raskin

by    In William Shakespeare’s comedy, “As You Like It, a traveler named Jaques waxes poetical in lines that have achieved literary immortality.    “All the world’s a stage,” he says. “And all… Continue reading

The Overlooked Legacy of Charmian London


SUSAN NUERNBERG AND IRIS JAMAHL DUNKLE SPECIAL TO THE INDEX-TRIBUNE Charmian Kittredge London, Jack London’s second wife, is often dismissed as his typist, or worse, as a frivolous airhead who hindered her famous… Continue reading