Before Adam

Before Adam

Before Adam

Before Adam

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If someone had canvassed Moscow and Leningrad in 1925, asking people to name the most popular American writers, the resulting list would have read: Mark Twain, Jack London, and James Fenimore Cooper. If the same experiment could have been repeated in the same year in Vienna and Berlin, the list would have read: Mark Twain, Jack London, Ernest Thompson Seton, and James Fenimore Cooper. Five years later a few "moderns" probably would have been added: namely, Sinclair Lewis, Upton Sinclair, and Theodore Dreiser.

Jack London lived from January 12, 1876, to November 22, 1916, and his name was a household word in America during his lifetime; but after his death he reached a pinnacle of fame throughout Europe far beyond his recognition in the United States.

Everything about London's life is somewhat incredible, and one of the most astounding facts is that his fifty-odd books were written over a period of only seventeen years. Jack London only began writing in 1899, or, to be more precise, he started publishing his work in that year.

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