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John Barleycorn

Written by Jack London
Introduction by Pete Hamill


John Barleycorn
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Category: Biography & Autobiography - Literary; Cooking - Wine & Spirits; Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs
Imprint: Modern Library
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: September 2001
Price: $14.00
Can. Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-0-375-75792-1 (0-375-75792-9)
Pages: 256
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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



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.

Pete Hamill is the author of A Drinking Life and Piecework, among other books. He lives in New York.





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