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He was impregnable. Those who defend London against charges of racism cite the letter he wrote to the Japanese-American Commercial Weekly in In reply to yours of August 16, First of all, I should say by stopping the stupid newspaper from always fomenting race prejudice.

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This of course, being impossible, I would say, next, by educating the people of Japan so that they will be too intelligently tolerant to respond to any call to race prejudice. And, finally, by realizing, in industry and government, of socialism—which last word is merely a word that stands for the actual application of in the affairs of men of the theory of the Brotherhood of Man. In the meantime the nations and races are only unruly boys who have not yet grown to the stature of men.

So we must expect them to do unruly and boisterous things at times. And, just as boys grow up, so the races of mankind will grow up and laugh when they look back upon their childish quarrels.

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In , after the City of Whitehorse , Yukon , renamed a street in honor of London, protests over London's alleged racism forced the city to change the name of "Jack London Boulevard" [ failed verification ] back to "Two-mile Hill". Western writer and historian Dale L. Walker writes: [83]. London's true genius lay in the short form, 7, words and under, where the flood of images in his teeming brain and the innate power of his narrative gift were at once constrained and freed.

His stories that run longer than the magic 7, generally—but certainly not always—could have benefited from self-editing. London's "strength of utterance" is at its height in his stories, and they are painstakingly well-constructed.

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Set in the harsh Klondike, it recounts the haphazard trek of a new arrival who has ignored an old-timer's warning about the risks of traveling alone. Falling through the ice into a creek in seventy-five-below weather, the unnamed man is keenly aware that survival depends on his untested skills at quickly building a fire to dry his clothes and warm his extremities.

After publishing a tame version of this story—with a sunny outcome—in The Youth's Companion in , London offered a second, more severe take on the man's predicament in The Century Magazine in Reading both provides an illustration of London's growth and maturation as a writer. As Labor observes: "To compare the two versions is itself an instructive lesson in what distinguished a great work of literary art from a good children's story. Other stories from the Klondike period include: "All Gold Canyon", about a battle between a gold prospector and a claim jumper ; " The Law of Life ", about an aging American Indian man abandoned by his tribe and left to die; "Love of Life", about a trek by a prospector across the Canadian tundra; "To the Man on Trail," which tells the story of a prospector fleeing the Mounted Police in a sled race, and raises the question of the contrast between written law and morality; and "An Odyssey of the North," which raises questions of conditional morality, and paints a sympathetic portrait of a man of mixed White and Aleut ancestry.

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London was a boxing fan and an avid amateur boxer. It contrasts the differing experiences of youth and age but also raises the social question of the treatment of aging workers. Several of London's stories would today be classified as science fiction. It tells of an island tribe held in thrall by an extraterrestrial object.


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Some nineteen original collections of short stories were published during London's brief life or shortly after his death. There have been several posthumous anthologies drawn from this pool of stories. Many of these stories were located in the Klondike and the Pacific. Doctorow called it "a mordant parable The historian Dale L. Walker [83] commented:. Jack London was an uncomfortable novelist, that form too long for his natural impatience and the quickness of his mind.


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His novels, even the best of them, are hugely flawed. Some critics have said that his novels are episodic and resemble linked short stories. Dale L. Walker writes:. The Star Rover , that magnificent experiment, is actually a series of short stories connected by a unifying device Smoke Bellew is a series of stories bound together in a novel-like form by their reappearing protagonist, Kit Bellew; and John Barleycorn Ambrose Bierce said of The Sea-Wolf that "the great thing—and it is among the greatest of things—is that tremendous creation, Wolf Larsen The Iron Heel meets the contemporary definition of soft science fiction.

The Star Rover is also science fiction. London's literary executor , Irving Shepard, quoted a Jack London Credo in an introduction to a collection of London stories:. I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.

I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time. The biographer Stasz notes that the passage "has many marks of London's style" but the only line that could be safely attributed to London was the first. Hopkins, who visited the ranch just weeks before London's death. Stasz notes, "Even more so than today journalists' quotes were unreliable or even sheer inventions," and says no direct source in London's writings has been found.

However, at least one line, according to Stasz, is authentic, being referenced by London and written in his own hand in the autograph book of Australian suffragette Vida Goldstein :. I still subscribe to that sentiment. Sincerely yours, Jack London Jan.

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Furthermore, in his short story "By The Turtles of Tasman", a character, defending her ne'er-do-well grasshopperish father to her antlike uncle, says: " He has lived Have you lived merely to live? Are you afraid to die? I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.

When you are dust, my father will be ashes. A short diatribe on "The Scab " is often quoted within the U. It opens:. After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, and the vampire, he had some awful substance left with which he made a scab. A scab is a two-legged animal with a corkscrew soul, a water brain, a combination backbone of jelly and glue.

Where others have hearts, he carries a tumor of rotten principles. When a scab comes down the street, men turn their backs and Angels weep in Heaven, and the Devil shuts the gates of hell to keep him out In and , a number of newspapers printed the first three sentences with varying terms used instead of "scab", such as "knocker", [91] [92] "stool pigeon" [93] or "scandal monger".

This passage as given above was the subject of a Supreme Court case, Letter Carriers v. Austin , [95] in which Justice Thurgood Marshall referred to it as "a well-known piece of trade union literature, generally attributed to author Jack London". A union newsletter had published a "list of scabs," which was granted to be factual and therefore not libelous, but then went on to quote the passage as the "definition of a scab".

The case turned on the question of whether the "definition" was defamatory. The court ruled that "Jack London's Despite being frequently attributed to London, the passage does not appear at all in the extensive collection of his writings at Sonoma State University 's website.

However, in his book The War of the Classes he published a speech entitled "The Scab", [96] which gave a much more balanced view of the topic:. The laborer who gives more time or strength or skill for the same wage than another, or equal time or strength or skill for a less wage, is a scab. The generousness on his part is hurtful to his fellow-laborers, for it compels them to an equal generousness which is not to their liking, and which gives them less of food and shelter.

But a word may be said for the scab. Just as his act makes his rivals compulsorily generous, so do they, by fortune of birth and training, make compulsory his act of generousness. The ambition of every individual is quite the opposite, to give least for most; and, as a result, living in a tooth-and-nail society, battle royal is waged by the ambitious individuals. But in its most salient aspect, that of the struggle over the division of the joint product, it is no longer a battle between individuals, but between groups of individuals.

Capital and labor apply themselves to raw material, make something useful out of it, add to its value, and then proceed to quarrel over the division of the added value. Neither cares to give most for least. Each is intent on giving less than the other and on receiving more. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other people named Jack London, see Jack London disambiguation. American author, journalist, and social activist. Elizabeth Maddern m. Charmian Kittredge m. This section needs additional citations for verification.

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