January 12: Jack London
On this date in 1876, American novelist Jack London was born.
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The Call of the Wild is a novel by American writer Jack London. The plot concerns a previously domesticated happy dog named Buck, whose primordial instincts return after a series of events leads to his serving as a sled dog in the Yukon during the 19th-century Klondike Gold Rush, in which sled dogs were bought at generous prices. Available from the Lit2Go website. Reading level: 7.1. Word count: 32,361 words in 7 chapters.
A sketch map of Alaska and northwestern Canada showing the Klondike gold diggings and vicinity. The map shows the routes of the miners during the Klondike gold rush from Dyea near Juneau over the Chilkoot Pass, and the route from Norton Sound up the Yukon River to Fort Yukon. Illustration from the Maps ETC website.
The Sea-Wolf is a psychological adventure novel by American novelist Jack London about a literary critic and other survivors of an ocean collision who come under the dominance of Wolf Larsen, the powerful and amoral sea captain who rescues them. Available from the Lit2Go website. Reading level: 7.0. Word count: 11,008 words in 39 chapters.