The Son of the Wolf: Tales of the Far North

By Jack London; Charles N. Watson | Go to book overview

INTRODUCTION

When the 21-year-old Jack London hoisted his gear aboard the steamship Umatilla at the San Francisco wharf on 25 July 1897, he was joining a motley collection of passengers embarking on one of the most colourful and in some ways most painful adventures of an era that had witnessed many such odysseys. Along with the century, the frontier spirit of the New World had pretty much run its course, as Frederick Jackson Turner had recently proclaimed in a celebrated 1893 address to the American Historical Association. The existence of open land and the dream of easy riches, Turner argued, had operated both as an incentive to the energetic individual and as a safety valve for social conflict. But now the continent had been crossed, the easy gold had been panned out, Indian resistance had been suppressed, the imperative of 'manifest destiny' had been fulfilled, and there were no more frontiers to conquer. Except the Klondike.

The Klondike gold rush of 1897 took its name from one of the many tributaries of the upper Yukon River in the Yukon Territory of north-western Canada. Prospectors had been panning these streams for years with only middling success until August of 1896, when an American, George Carmack, and two Indians called Skookum Jim and Tagish Charlie struck rich deposits in what was soon to be renamed Bonanza Creek. By the time word of the strike gravitated to the 'outside', the best claims had already been staked. But this discouraging news came too late: the gold fever had spread and the rush was on. Many men--and a few venturesome women--threw up their jobs, pawned their belongings or mortgaged their property, purchased wilderness outfits, and headed north with little idea of the hardships and disappointments that awaited them on the long trail to Dawson City, the prospectors' boom-town that had sprung to life at the confluence of the Yukon and the Klondike.

The young Jack London was better prepared for hardship than most. He was born out of wedlock in 1876 to the energetic but emotionally unstable Flora Wellman, who had

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Oxford World's Classics the Son of the Wolf Tales of the Far North i
  • Oxford World's Classics ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction ix
  • Note on the Text xxvi
  • Select Bibliography xxviii
  • A Chronology of Jack London xxx
  • The Son of the Wolf Tales of the Far North 1
  • The White Silence 3
  • The Son of the Wolf 13
  • The Men of Forty-Mile 29
  • In a Far Country 38
  • To the Man on Trail 55
  • The Priestly Prerogative 64
  • The Wisdom of the Trail 78
  • The Wife of a King 86
  • An Odyssey of the North 102
  • Selected Northland Tales 135
  • Grit of Women 137
  • The Great Interrogation 151
  • The Law of Life 165
  • At the Rainbow's End 172
  • The Story of Jees Uck 182
  • The League of the Old Men 206
  • The Marriage of Lit-Lit 222
  • Love of Life 233
  • The White Man's Way 254
  • Finis 267
  • Like Argus of the Ancient Times 285
  • Explanatory Notes 313
  • A Selection of Oxford World's Classics 323
  • The Oxford World's Classics Website 333
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