Jack London : An Oyster Pirate

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Jack London was born in 1876, and died in 1916. He was born in San Francisco, California, and was the son of Flora Wellman Chaney. When he was a child, he would sometimes living with the Prentisses. Mr. and Mrs. Prentisses were African Americans who served as London’s surrogate parents. When Jack turned 15, he sailed the San Francisco Bay as an oyster pirate. During his time on the water, London developed an alcohol problem, which would eventually become alcoholism. In 1894, London was arrested as a vagrant and spent 30 days in Erie County Penitentiary.
At the age of 20, London was accepted into the University of California, but due to a lack of funds, he was only able to stay for a semester. The most important event of London’s early life was when he moved to Alaska to take part in the Klondike Gold Rush. In 1900, London had his first book published, “The Son of the Wolf,” and married Bessie Mae Maddern. They had 2 children before they divorced in 1905. He then married Charmian Kittredge soon after. After doing some traveling, he settled in Hawaii and became America’s first Pacific Rim writer. By the time London died, he was the best selling author in America, published 18 books, 198 short stories, three plays and hundreds of nonfiction books and articles. (Jack London, Wikipedia) 1 Jack London’s writings reflect the social and intellectual turbulence of the turn of the 20th century. When asked why he wrote, he simply responded it was for the money. Some basic themes that…

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