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Klondike Tales

Written by Jack London
Introduction by Gary Kinder


Klondike Tales
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Category: Fiction - Classics
Imprint: Modern Library
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: March 2001
Price: $12.95
Can. Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75685-6 (0-375-75685-X)
Pages: 304
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As a young man in the summer of 1897, Jack London joined the Klondike gold rush. From that seminal experience emerged these gripping, inimitable wilderness tales, which have endured as some of London’s best and most defining work. With remarkable insight and unflinching realism, London describes the punishing adversity that awaited men in the brutal, frozen expanses of the Yukon, and the extreme tactics these adventurers and travelers adopted to survive. As Van Wyck Brooks observed, “One felt that the stories had been somehow lived–that they were not merely observed–that the author was not telling tales but telling his life.”

This edition is unique to the Modern Library, featuring twenty-three carefully chosen stories from London’s three collected Northland volumes and his later Klondike tales. It also includes two maps of the region, notes on the text and an introduction by Gary Kinder, author of Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
from THE SON OF THE WOLF
The White Silence
The Son of the Wolf
In a Far Country
To the Man on Trail
The Wisdom of the Trail
An Odyssy of the North

from THE GOD OF HIS FATHERS
The God of His Fathers
Siwash
Grit of Women
Where the Trail Forks
At the Rainbow's End

from CHILDREN OF THE FROST
In the Forests of the North
Keesh, the Son of Keesh
The Death of Ligoun
Li Wan, the Fair
The League of the Old Men

LATER KLONDIKE TALES
Bâtard
The Story of Jees Uck
Love of Life
The Sun-Dog Trail
The Wit of Porportuk
To Build a Fire



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Jack London (1876-1916), by turns a renegade adventurer, a war correspondent, and an avowed socialist, first achieved fame with The Son of the Wolf (1900), a collection of short stories drawn from his experiences in the Klondike gold rush. "The greatest story Jack London ever wrote was the story he lived," said Alfred Kazin.





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