January 12: Jack London

On this date in 1876, American novelist Jack London was born.

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The Call of the Wild

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.

Klondike Miners

The Klondike Gold Rush during the late 19th century. Many immigrants moved to Dawson City in the Yukon Territory, Canada, in hopes of finding gold. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.

The Klondike Gold Diggings and Vicinity

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.

Alaska and the Klondike District

A map of Alaska from 1906 showing the State capital at Sitka, cities, towns, ports, major rivers and mountains, coastal features, and islands. The map has an inset map detailing the areas around Dawson in the Klondike District. Available from the Maps ETC website.

Main Street, Dawson City

A view of Main Street, Dawson City in the Yukon, Canada in July of 1897 from the ClipArt ETC website.

Dog Sled in Snow

Illustration of a dog sled (although this one is in Siberia, not the Klondike) from the ClipArt ETC website.

Panning for Gold

Illustration of men panning for gold in the much warmer climate of California from the ClipArt ETC website.

The Sea-Wolf

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.


A gallery of schooner illustrations from the wind-powered ships section of the ClipArt ETC website.

Schooner Painting

“Schooner Passing Castle Island” is a oil on canvas at the Old State House, Boston, Massachusetts. It was painted by Francis A. Silva in 1874. Available from the ClipPix ETC website.