Los mejores cuentos de Jack London by Jack London
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Jack London (San Francisco, 1876 - California, 1916), es uno de los autores norteamericanos del siglo xix que ha gozado de mayor difusión y popularidad fuera de las fronteras de su país. Su obra, integrada en la corriente naturalista, muestra una preferencia por situar la acción en parajes lejanos e inexplorados, donde las condiciones de supervivencia resultan extremadamente difíciles para el hombre civilizado, y toca temas propios de la sociedad de su época, muchos de los cuales siguen vigentes hoy en día (soledad, convulsión de la sociedad civilizada ante las fuerzas destructoras e incontrolables de la naturaleza, etc.). Este libro presenta una cuidadosa selección de relatos de Jack London, que son reflejo de sus ideas sobre el comportamiento humano y las relaciones entre los individuos en circunstancias muy diversas: La leyenda de Jees Uck, Hombres que creen, Una lejana destilería, Oro abundante, La peste escarlata. Una obra con la que descubrirá la capacidad narrativa de este gran autor, que presenta además una introducción que le proporcionará la información necesaria sobre su época, contexto histórico y cultural y características fundamentales de su obra.
 

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One of the pioneers of 20th century American literature, Jack London specialized in tales of adventure inspired by his own experiences. London was born in San Francisco in 1876. At 14, he quit school and became an "oyster pirate," robbing oyster beds to sell his booty to the bars and restaurants in Oakland. Later, he turned on his pirate associates and joined the local Fish Patrol, resulting in some hair-raising waterfront battles. Other youthful activities included sailing on a seal-hunting ship, traveling the United States as a railroad tramp, a jail term for vagrancy and a hazardous winter in the Klondike during the 1897 gold rush. Those experiences converted him to socialism, as he educated himself through prolific reading and began to write fiction. After a struggling apprenticeship, London hit literary paydirt by combining memories of his adventures with Darwinian and Spencerian evolutionary theory, the Nietzchean concept of the "superman" and a Kipling-influenced narrative style. "The Son of the Wolf"(1900) was his first popular success, followed by 'The Call of the Wild" (1903), "The Sea-Wolf" (1904) and "White Fang" (1906). He also wrote nonfiction, including reportage of the Russo-Japanese War and Mexican revolution, as well as "The Cruise of the Snark" (1911), an account of an eventful South Pacific sea voyage with his wife, Charmian, and a rather motley crew. London's body broke down prematurely from his rugged lifestyle and hard drinking, and he died of uremic poisoning - possibly helped along by a morphine overdose - at his California ranch in 1916. Though his massive output is uneven, his best works - particularly "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang" - have endured because of their rich subject matter and vigorous prose.
 
Published December 31, 1999 by UNKNOWN.
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction