BORN: January 12, 1876, San Francisco, California
DIED: November 22, 1916, Glen Ellen, California
IDENTIFICATION: Prolific early twentieth-century novelist and shortstory writer who gained critical and popular success with his realistic tales of adventure and hardship in Canada and Alaska.
Jack London wrote his most successful works at a time when sentimental fiction dominated the American literary market. In works such as The Call of the Wild (1903), White Fang (1906), and The Sea-Wolf (1904), he explored the primitive roots of modern life and captured the imagination of a readership that was drawn to the realistic adventures and exotic settings of his stories. London's works have been embraced by readers throughout the world, and complete editions of his writings have been published in France, Germany, and Russia. Most of his books remain in print in multiple editions and are featured regularly in high school and university curricula.