London was plagued by contradictions. He chronicled nature at its most savage, but wept helplessly at the deaths of his favorite animals. At his peak the highest-paid writer in America, he was nevertheless constantly broke. An irrepressibly optimistic crusader for social justice, he burned himself out at forty: sick, angry, and disillusioned, but leaving behind a voluminous literary legacy, much of it ripe for rediscovery.
In Wolf, award-winning author James L. Haley explores the forgotten Jack London—at once a hard-living globetrotter and a man alive with ideas, whose passion for social justice roared until the day he died. Returning London to his proper place in the American pantheon, Wolf resurrects a major American novelist in his full fire and glory.
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Of his literary legacy, Haley, whose previous books have focused on Texas history, makes no serious effort to summarize. Conrad loved Jack London, and London certainly influenced George Orwell, but it would be interesting to know if London’s writings, so potent an influence on young minds, might have influenced other writers...Read Full Review of Wolf: The Lives of Jack London | See more reviews from National Post arts
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