By Stephen Brennan
Jack London has been a best-selling writer for multiple hundred years. In his brief existence (1876–1916) he wrote twenty-five novels and dozens of brief tales, performs, and essays. this present day he's famous as a forerunner of such literary giants as Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and Jack Kerouac. writer of a couple of 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 used to be additionally an adventurer, journalist, star, polemicist, and drunk.
An Autobiography of Jack London is a revealing portrait of the fellow who used to be Jack London—in his personal words—and is essentially composed of excerpts from his memoirs: The highway, John Barleycorn, and The Cruise of the Snark. instead of an insignificant biographical precis of a man’s lifestyles, An Autobiography of Jack London
goals to offer the reader actual 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 via London himself.
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But still my captor holds on to me. I see the plan. He is going to hold me until the rear of the train goes by. Then he will hop on, and I shall be left behind—ditched. But the train has pulled out fast, the engineer trying to make up for lost time. Also, it is a long train. It is going very lively, and I know the shack is measuring its speed with apprehension. ” I query innocently. He releases my collar, makes a quick run, and swings aboard.
Half the train has gone by, and it is going quite fast, when I spring aboard. I know that the two shacks and the conductor will arrive like ravening wolves in about two seconds. I spring upon the wheel of the hand-brake, get my hands on the curved ends of the roofs, and muscle myself up to the decks; while my disappointed pursuers, clustering on the platform beneath like dogs that have treed a cat, howl curses up at me and say unsocial things about my ancestors. But what does that matter? It is five to one, including the engineer and fireman, and the majesty of the law and the might of a great corporation are behind them, and I am beating them out.
I, who looked upon begging as a delightful whimsicality, thumbed myself over into a true son of Mrs. Grundy, burdened with all her bourgeois morality. Only the harsh pangs of the belly-need could compel me to do so degraded and ignoble a thing as beg for food. And into my face I strove to throw all the wan wistfulness of famished and ingenuous youth unused to mendicancy. “You are hungry, my poor boy,” she said. I had made her speak first. I nodded my head and gulped. “It is the first time I have ever .