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By Stephen Brennan

Jack London has been a best-selling writer for a couple of hundred years. In his brief lifestyles (1876–1916) he wrote twenty-five novels and dozens of brief tales, performs, and essays. this day he's well-known as a forerunner of such literary giants as Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and Jack Kerouac. writer of a few recognized and well-loved tales in our literature (including White Fang, the decision of the Wild, and The Sea Wolf), London additionally labored as an afternoon laborer, Alaskan gold rusher, and seaman. He was once additionally an adventurer, journalist, star, polemicist, and drunk.

An Autobiography of Jack London is a revealing portrait of the guy who used to be Jack London—in his personal words—and is essentially composed of excerpts from his memoirs: The street, John Barleycorn, and The Cruise of the Snark. instead of an insignificant biographical precis of a man’s existence, An Autobiography of Jack London

goals to provide the reader genuine perception into the nature and character of this uniquely American literary icon. This publication is illustrated all through with greater than 40 drawings, facsimile pages from his works, and modern photos, many taken by way of London himself.

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I took them to India, and Rangoon, and China, and had them hammer ice with me around the Horn and at last come to moorings at Montreal. And then they said to wait a moment, and one policeman went forth into the night while I warmed myself at the stove, all the while racking my brains for the trap they were going to spring on me. I groaned to myself when I saw him come in the door at the heels of the policeman. No gypsy prank had thrust those tiny hoops of gold through the ears; no prairie winds had beaten that skin into wrinkled leather; nor had snow-drift and mountain-slope put in his walk that reminiscent roll.

But there are ways and ways, as you shall see. When the train pulled out, those twenty tramps swarmed upon the three blinds. Some climbed on before the train had run a car-length. They were awkward dubs, and I saw their speedy finish. Of course, the train crew was “on,” and at the first stop the trouble began. I jumped off and ran forward along the track. I noticed that I was accompanied by a number of the tramps. They evidently knew their business. When one is beating an overland, he must always keep well ahead of the train at the stops.

I try to crawl over the top of the truck, between the truck and the bottom of the car. But the space is not large enough for me to squeeze through. This is new to me. Down in the United States I am accustomed to going underneath on rapidly moving trains, seizing a gunnel and swinging my feet under to the brake-beam, and from there crawling over the top of the truck and down inside the truck to a seat on the cross-rod. Feeling with my hands in the darkness, I learn that there is room between the brake-beam and the ground.

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