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John Barleycorn

John Barleycorn

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Written by Jack LondonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Jack London
Introduction by Pete HamillAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Pete Hamill

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
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  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • On Sale: September 11, 2001
  • Price: $14.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-375-75792-1 (0-375-75792-9)
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Jack London cut a mythic figure across the American landscape of the early twentieth century. But throughout his colorful life–from his teenage years as an oyster pirate to his various incarnations as a well-traveled seaman, Yukon gold prospector, waterfront brawler, unemployed vagrant, impassioned socialist, and celebrated writer–he retained a predilection for drinking on a prodigious scale. London’s classic "alcoholic memoirs"–the closest thing to an autobiography he ever wrote–are a startlingly honest and vivid account of his life not only as a drinker, but also as a storied adventurer. Richly anecdotal and beautifully written, John Barleycorn stands as the earliest intelligent treatment of alcohol in American literature, and as an intensely moving document of one of America’s finest writers. This Modern Library Paperback Classic includes illustrations from the original edition.

"Assuredly one of the most useful, as well as one of the most entertaining books ever penned by a man."—Upton Sinclair