I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
– Jack London
born in San Francisco, California, The United States January 12, 1876
died: November 22, 1916
genre: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
influences: Charles Darwin, Herbert Spencer, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Rudya…more
Jack London was an American novelist and short-story writer whose works deal romantically with elemental struggles for survival. At his peak, he was the highest paid and the most popular of all living writers. Because of early financial difficulties, he was largely self educated past grammar school.
London draws heavily on his life experiences in his writing. He spent time in the Klondike during the Gold Rush and at various times was an oyster pirate, a seaman, a sealer, and a hobo. His first work was published in 1898. From there he went on to write such American classics as Call of the Wild, Sea Wolf, and White Fang.