A Literary Life of Adventure (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $30)

jack-london-biography-by-earl-laborDespite his world fame and incredible life story, Jack London (1876-1916) has never had an authoritative biography until now; Dr. Earle Labor is the world’s most renowned expert on London.

Jack London: An American Life is an intellectually stimulating, lively and deeply satisfying portrait of the mercurial London that represents the author’s devoted career of over six decades.

Labor’s sources include the London files at the Huntington Library, London family members and his own research on London’s origins, parents, working-class identity, the Oakland waterfront, sailing the South Seas on the Snark, the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, the Mexican Revolution, and, most important, the naturalistic and socialistic literary art itself.

Calling London’s an “American Life” is in every way appropriate.

Jeanne Campbell Reesman, author of Jack London’s Racial Live

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