Books by Jack London

All books are paper-back, except as noted.

Abysmal Brute Aegis, The Before Adam Call of the Wild
Captain David Grief Cruise of the Dazzler   Cruise of the Snark Fantastic Tales
Favorite Novels Five Great Short Stories Game, The Iron Heel
Jack London in California Jack London's Golden State Lost Face Love of Life
Martin Eden Moon Face Mutiny of the Elsinore Overland Monthly
People of the Abyss Portable Jack London Road, The   Sea Wolf
Son of the Wolf South Sea Tales Star Rover, The Stories of Hawaii
Tales of the Fish Patrol To Build a Fire Valley of the Moon War of the Classes
White Fang Unabridged Jack London    

Martin Eden 

    "Martin Eden", although not exposing the fury of nature or the thrill of adventure, fits into both the scheme of Jack London's own life and the style and tone of realism more specifically than any of his other works. To one familiar with London's background, it is clear that Martin Eden is an autobiographical account. It is possible to substitute Jack London's name for Martin Eden's through the entire novel. Both men worked throughout their lives to support their families; Jack to provide sustenance for his parents, and Martin to further the business of his ungrateful brothers-in-law. Both began their adult lives as rather uncouth young men; Jack as a common laborer and Martin as a sailor. In truth, both were "old salts," with experiences in sailing at the age of thirteen. Some unexplainable and unquenchable drive made both read and write avidly every day, although only London pursued a formal education. Martin Eden wanted to be a learned man, but only through self-education; although he was encouraged to enter into formal studies by many of his associates, he remained adamant in his stand against attending school. His love of learning, as that of London's himself, was most strong in literature and philosophy, and he wanted to pursue these areas to their fullest. 

    Complete and Unabridged 


Sea Wolf 

    The predatory wolf plays a key role in Jack London's thinking. In "The Sea Wolf", Captain Larsen is known by no other name than "Wolf." Wolf Larsen perhaps best represents London's admiration for brute' strength - the Nietzschean superman. Unlike Captain Ahab and Lieutenant Bligh, Larsen seems to have no purpose other than to exist. He beats, demeans, and tortures his crew. "Life? Bah!" says Larsen. "It has no value. Of cheap things it is the cheapest. Everywhere it goes begging. Nature spills it out with a lavish hand. Where there is room for one life, she sows a thousand lives, and it's life eats life till the strongest and most piggish life is left." Yet somehow the man remains likable. He is well-educated without formal schooling, a superb seaman, a powerful and fearless fighter, totally without fear or humility even in the direst circumstances. 

    Complete and Unabridged 


Call of the Wild

    Buck, the dog in "The Call of the Wild", is not entirely fictional. When he was in Dawson, Jack London became acquainted with Louis W. Bond. Louis Bond's dog, Buck was raised on the Bond ranch in California. London came to know Buck very well, up in the Yukon, and made him immortal in this, the best-known of his stories, a novel that was used in English classes at the University of California a year after its publication. The Buck in this novel must learn to kill and show no mercy. He must develop the spirit and will which may lead him to die in harness, straining at a load that no dog could pull. Buck learns his lesson well. Then something happens that no man ever expected. The savage frontier rouses primeval instincts in this dog, who has been man's companion and helpmate all his life, as have his forebears for generations beyond imagining. He seeks freedom, in order to answer the mystic call of the wild. Here is one of the greatest and most enduring adventure stories ever written. 

    Complete and Unabridged 


The Portable Jack London

    Includes The Call of the Wild; Selected Short Stories, including To the Man on the Trail, To Build a Fire, Moon Face, The Apostate, Koolau the Leper; Selected Non-Fiction including Typhoon off the Coast of Japan; On the Writer's Philosophy of Life, How I became a Socialist, and a Selection of Letters.


White Fang 

    Down a frozen waterway in the wild Northland, a string of wolfish dogs drag a sled without runners, a sled of birch bark, its front end turned up like a scroll, its full surface resting on the snow. A long, narrow oblong box is lashed securely to the sled. There are other objects, too- blankets, an ax, a coffeepot and frying pan- but the coffin is the main cargo. In advance of the sled, on wide snowshoes, toils a man; a second toils behind the sled. Their task is to deliver the remains of one who succumbed to Fort McHenry. Night falls, and with its falling a faint, far cry arises on the still air, a cry that seems to be a combination of sad fierceness and hungry eagerness. Both men and dogs recognize the cry of hungry wolves. . . And the stage is set for Jack London's classic adventure story, "White Fang". 

    Complete and Unabridged 


The Aegis 

    A collection of Jack London's high school writings. 


Before Adam 

    Jack London used his exceptional storytelling skills to illustrate and dramatize his many, varied interests. "Before Adam" explores the ideas of genetic imprinting, dreams and primitive life in this compelling and fascinating tale of early man. Sharply drawn characters and gripping drama offers the reader great reading entertainment and food for thought. 


Tales of the Fish Patrol 

    Jack London's many death-defying adventures at the age of 18 are set down in this exciting collection of short stories, Tales of the Fish Patrol. Some are based on Jack's own experiences and the rest on those of his fellow deputies, but all are real. The waters of San Francisco Bay contained all manner of fishing boats manned by all manner of fishermen. To protect the fish from this motley floating population many laws had been passed, and the fish patrol enforced them.

    Temporarily out of stock.


Cruise of the Dazzler 

    These are tales of high adventure drawn on Jack London's own experiences as a youth sailing on San Francisco Bay where he gained a deserved reputation as a fearless highly skilled sailor.

    With this book and "Tales of the Fish Patrol" (not included in this volume), additional stories of life and drama on the Bay, an exciting view of San Francisco's history is presented by one of America's great writers and storytellers.

    Temporarily out of stock. 


War of the Classes 

    Throughout his life, Jack London was a vocal social critic and an avowed champion of socialism who, though often severely criticized, saw many of his ideas adopted into the changing social structure of the time. The "War Of The Classes" is a collection of essays that explain London's conversion, explore and define the classic struggle between labor and management, and remain a telling indictment of those social injustices that still exist. 


Moon Face and other Stories 

    Jack London's marvelous story-telling skills were never more evident than in his short stories. These eight tales are unlike many of London's other stories in that they do not draw on his personal experiences. Instead, they show the true art of the storyteller, the ability to weave a tale of suspense, tragedy, revenge or adventure that is pure fiction yet no less dramatic. These are, indeed, tales for the campfire or home hearth. 


Son of the Wolf 

At the age of 21 London had trekked to the Yukon in hope of easy riches.  What he found instead was a wealth of extraordinary experience, which he turned to account in his first collection of stories, The Son of the Wolf: Tales of the Far North (1900).  The book centers on the exploits of Malemute Kid, who dispenses crude but unerring justice through his cunning understanding of the people of this raw frontier territory.  The stories tell of gambles won and lost, of endurance and sacrifice, and often turn on the unsuspected qualities of exceptional women and on the complex relations between the white adventurers and the native tribes.  This edition includes the whole of London's first book and many of the best Northland tales from his later collections.


Iron Heel 

    This is the story of the American revolutionary Ernest Everhard. Written by Avis Everhard, his upper-class wife, the manuscript was to remain undiscovered for seven centuries, long after the final triumph of socialist democracy. With remarkable foresight Jack London describes the struggles of the working masses against the oligarchy and how, eventually they were ruthlessly suppressed, particularly in the Chicago Commune. All too familiar now is the creation of "favoured" unions, the bomb that explodes in the House of Representatives, Black Hundreds wrecking the socialist presses, and military-style organizations hunting down revolutionaries - but not so familiar twenty years before the rise of fascism. Its publication in 1907 caused a sensation, yet sixty eight years later its message is just as clear: allow the Revolution to be defeated and the ruling class, in their own words, will "walk upon your faces". 


The Road 

    The Road is a chronicle of Jack London's experience as a hobo. It is also a chapter in a life filled with the need to keep moving from one new adventure to another. This drive to action was evidenced early in London's life. In 1891 at the age of fifteen, he joined the oyster pirates, a group of hoodlums who frequented the Oakland wharves by day and by night raided the private oyster beds in the southern portion of San Francisco Bay. In the company of reckless and daring men who lived outside the law, London quickly proved his mettle. His courage, strength and agility soon made him a master of small boat sailing and earned him the title "Prince of the Oyster Pirates." This in turn brought him to the attention of law enforcement officers who persuaded him to abandon the pirates and join the "Fish Patrol".


The Star Rover

    The Star Rover is a fast-paced, action adventure - the fictionalized story of the out-of-body, and past-life experiences of turn-of-the-century California outlaw, Ed Morrell. Today the novel would be called "docu-drama." Morrell was the subject of one of the largest manhunts in California history as the result of his involvement in a land dispute with the Southern Pacific Railroad. Sentenced to life imprisonment, he was subjected to years of merciless cruelty and the tortures of a medieval prison system. Through self-hypnosis and astral projection he survived, to be released as the result of a documented series of psychic occurrences. When Morrell was released from prison in the early 1900's, his story caught the attention of author Jack London. The two men became friends and London hired a young journalism student to follow Morrell on the lecture circuit to take notes which became the basis of this fascinating book. In the new Epilogue, reincarnation author Dick Sutphen tells of this own investigation of his past/parallel life as Morrell and relates many previously unpublished facts. 


Valley of the Moon 

    One of Jack London's finest novels is "The Valley of the Moon", written aboard the four-masted barque, Dirigo, en route from Baltimore to Seattle in 1912. In fact, chapter eighteen was scrawled with his old ink-pencil just off Cape Horn in a snowy gale. 
    The Valley of the Moon has been relatively neglected by most critics but deserves far more attention by those who are interested in an accurate and first-hand depiction of the lopsided battle between labor and management at the turn of the century. 
    In the novel Billy and Saxon Roberts face the dismal labor situation of wage cuts, bitter and bloody strikes and the perpetual worry of unemployment that has always been the lot of those workers who have been fortunate enough to have jobs and utter despair for those who do not. Billy and Saxon, sickened by the situation in which they find themselves, leave the labor strife to set out on a quest to find a little valley of the moon where they can find a country paradise of their own. 
    The Valley of the Moon is in reality Jack London's own discovery of Sonoma Valley, a part of which he promptly renamed the Valley of the Moon for his agrarian novel. The Valley of the Moon could have been used by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture as a recruiting book for a back to the soil movement. The book is still as powerful as when the Dundee Advertiser reported on April 4, 1917: 'The year opened conspicuously with the publication on the 1st of January of Mr. Jack London's new story, The Valley of the Moon, a book which practically every critic of note has described as a masterpiece. 
    And on April 19, 1914 the Oakland Tribune said, "Jack London's latest book, The Valley of the Moon, is receiving wonderful praise from the Eastern critics, who never care about bestowing too many encomiums on Western literary work. The last book they all agree places him in the front rank of the authors of today." 


Overland Monthly - May 1917

    A commemorative issue published after Jack London's death, filled with remembrances from people who knew him. 


South Sea Tales 

    After a stay of five months in the tropical paradise of the Hawaiian Islands, Jack London and his wife Charmian voyaged into the deep Pacific in the autumn of 1907. The couple, with a crew of five, sailed their ketch "Snark" on an "impossible" traverse to the Marquesas group, scene of Herman Melville's "Typee", and after a long stay in Tahiti cruised the waters of the two Samoas and entered the black islands of Melanesia. Beyond the New Hebrides, the celebrated author found his yacht surrounded by wild warriors wearing nose-rings of tortoise shell and wielding spears, bows and clubs. Included in London's escapades around the cannibal jungles was a fortnight aboard a "blackbirding" schooner recruiting plantation workers among the savage isles of Malaita and Bougainville. After eighteen months of Pacific travel, the Londons found their dream voyage come to an end when tropical sicknesses laid them low at the dark island of Guadalcanal. The popular author survived to bring back eight stories of wild adventure among the atolls and verdant peaks of the South Pacific - classic yarns like "The House of Mapuhi,", "The Whale Tooth," "The Terrible Solomons", and "The Seed of McCoy." 


The Mutiny of the Elsinore

    Voyage around Cape Horn and into the broad Pacific with the lone passenger aboard a windjamming cargo vessel, in company with an ailing captain, his mettlesome daughter, a bucko first mate, and a crew of unruly sweepings from the world's toughest seaports! Based on a similar voyage made by Jack London and his wife Charmian in 1912, the author here indulges to the fullest his lifelong love of seafaring and his talent for dramatic portrayals of stalwart characters overcoming threatening odds. Jack London (1876-1916) first went to sea at the age of seventeen as an able-bodied seaman on a three-masted schooner, setting out to harpoon seals on a voyage to Japan, Korea, and Siberia. He and his wife set out in 1908 on a two-year voyage to Hawaii and the South Pacific in his self-designed ketch "Snark", which resulted in the publication of half a dozen of his finest books. At the time he wrote "The Mutiny of the Elsinore", London was the best known, highest paid, and most popular writer in the world. Famed also for his books about the Alaskan gold rush of 1898, London published no fewer than eleven books with settings in the Pacific Ocean. 


Captain David Grief (A Son of the Sun) 

    Captain David Grief, South Pacific tycoon, owned plantations and trading stations from New Guinea to Samoa, pearling fisheries in the Paumotus, and rubber acreage in the Louisiades. His own vessels recruited contract labor, and he operated three steamers on ocean runs. He had come to the South Seas at the age of twenty and, blessed with a blond skin impervious to tropical rays, became browner through two decades as a true "son of the sun." At forty years of age, he looked no more than thirty. His manifold enterprises flourished. His was the golden touch; but he played the South Sea game not for the gold but for the game's sake and the daring life of the island rover.

    Herein appear eight long tales of danger and adventure, with titles like 'The Proud Goat of Aloysius Pankburn," 'The Feathers of the Sun," and "The Pearls of Parlay," told in Jack London's most graphic and colorful style.

    London gathered the background for these stories during his two-year voyage with his wife, Charmian, in their yacht "Snark" around the Pacific. In the year 1908 they sailed among the Solomon Group, and set up headquarters at the large plantation of Penduffryn on the island of Guadalcanal. From here they made a cruise on a "blackbirding" vessel, Minota, which struck on a reef off Malaita and for three days of bedlam was surrounded by armed headhunters. Still adventurous, Jack navigated his yacht to strange Ontong Java, an enclave of Polynesians in the heart of Melanesia. Many of the characters in "Captain David Grief" had their counterparts in London's "terrible Solomons." 


Stories of Hawaii 

    John Griffith London (1876 - 1916), adventurer and popular author, sailed his self-designed ketch "Snark" from San Francisco to Honolulu in 1907, and with his wife Charmian spent five months touring the islands before embarking on a two-year cruise of the South Seas. Two volumes of short stories that should be more widely known were written about the future Fiftieth State and dramatize his aloha for the people he met on his travels. Jack and Charmian reveled in the beach life of Waikiki, rode around Oahu, descended into the giant crater of Haleakala on the island of Maui, and stayed at the celebrated Parker Ranch on the Big Island. A visit to the isolation colony on Molokai elicited several tales in a collection which, here presented, with a perceptive introduction, reveal that "London was still at the peak of his powers when he wrote them." 


Love of Life and Other Tales 

    These eight stories of the Yukon and Alaska were originally published in various magazines and were compiled into a book in 1906 from which this edition is replicated. It was stories such as these that catapulted London into prominence. Drawing on his own experiences in the Far North for background, color and detail, he told harrowing stories of mans struggle with the elements, other men and himself in order to survive. At a time when the public thirsted for information about this wonderful new frontier of vast reaches, wild animals, great rivers, forests, mountains and --Gold!, Jack London gave them the means to experience the thrill of danger and adventure. Today, these tales still have freshness and vitality and continue to provide a glimpse of an extraordinary time in America's history. 


Jack London's Golden State

In this collection of personal essays, short stories, and excerpts from some of London's best writings - The Valley of the Moon, John Barleycorn, Martin Eden, The Star Rover - we witness tales of urban decay and poverty; youth gangs and homelessness; the push and pull between urban and rural; the living memory of the gold rush; the disruption caused by new immigrant groups; the mixture of idealism, adventure, defeat and occasional craziness that mark California life - all vividly present and provocatively examined in this unique collection.



The Cruise of the Snark

In this autobiographical classic by the master storyteller, Jack London sets out from San Francisco with his wife and two crew - determined to cross the Pacific but knowing little about navigation - in a schooner whose defects include a tendency to leak and a refusal to face up to the wind.

The Abysmal Brute

This is the story of natural grace pitted against worldly brutishness.  A subtle social drama played out in the arena of sport - in a day long before sport moved to the center of American culture - it is also a rousing romantic tale in the tradition of one of our great storytellers.  As Pat hones his skill - and his curious style - on one champion fighter after another, he contends for the heart of a lively admirer and for the soul of professional boxing, whose rampant corruption his blows expose.

Favorite Novels and Stories $4.50
Five Great Short Stories

The White Silence; In a Far Country; An Odyssey of the North; The Seed of McCoy; The Mexican.

The Game (available February 01) $12.00
Jack London in California

The first major writer grounded in the Golden State, London remained firmly Californian throughout his life, even while garnering international acclaim.  In his time, California was still a land of natural splendor and utopian possibility, a geographical and social frontier.  Yet modern California had also clearly emerged and these wrightings strongly foreshadow many of today's concerns.  In this collection of personal essays, short stories, and excepts from some of London's best writings - The Valley of the Moon, John Barleycorn, Martin Eden, The Star Rover - we witness tales of urban decay and poverty; youth gangs and homelessness; the push and pull between urban and rural; the living memory of the gold rush; the disruption caused by new immigrant groups; the mixture of idealism, adventure, defeat, and occasional craziness that mark California life - all vividly presented and provocatively examined in this unique collection.

Lost Face

Seven stories which London published in 1910 as Lost Face:  Lost Face; Trust; To Build a Fire; That Spot; Flush of Gold; The Passing of Marcus O'Brien; The Wit of Porportuk.

People of the Abyss $14.95
To Build a Fire and Other Stories

It was so cold that his spit froze in the air before it hit the ground.  He was so far above the Artic Circle that the sun never rose.  Seventy below zero, and there was nothing but whiteness in every direction:  ice and snow.  No trees, no houses, no wood, no warmth.  He had only a few matches and a handful of frozen fingers.  And yet, to survive, he had to build a fire ... 

Includes other famous short stories, such as Love of Life, The Mexican, The Water Baby, Koolau the Leper, The Apostate, Mauki, An Odyssey of the North, A Piece of Steak; The Strength of the Strong; To the Man on Trail; The White Silence, etc.

Fantastic Tales

Jack London's fabled powers to entertain and enthrall are in full force in this collection of fifteen fantastic tales.  The restless energy of his vision ranges far in time and space, from the psychological tension of an extraterrestrial encounter toa frontier tall tale of a trapper hunting a mammoth.  London tells an effective Victorian gothic story and offers an intriguing consideration of the science and problems of invisibility.  Particularly gripping are the well-imagined horrors and new worlds of the future, including a chilling novella depicting a world ravaged by an alien virus.  These remarkable stories testify to the wide ranging creative power of one of America's great writers.

Unabridged Jack London

A comprehensive collection of Jack London's novels - The Son of the Wolf, White Fang, The Sea Wolf, The Call of the Wild, and many short stories, including stories of the Yukon, To Build a Fire, Love of Life and Tales of the Fish Patrol.


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