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A Beautiful Novel No literary historian but sooner or later must reckon with Jack London Fred Lewis was exact in his The Development of the American Short Story in describing Londons various works Labor 87 In Earle Labors Jack London he described Call of the Wild as an instant classic The literary community shows enormous admiration towards Londons ability to combine realism romanticism and symbolism all in one novel Jack Londons Call of the Wild is one of the greatest and most advanced books of American history Buck 254 Jack London lived a harsh life from the start Shortly after his birth in 1876 he was abandoned by his father and he took his stepfathers name When he was a young 14 London was forced out of school and into the work force due to his familys poor financial condition He did try to expand his horizons by reading works by Karl Marx Friedrich Nietzsche and other philosophical scholars Even though he came back from the gold rush of 1898 penniless the lifelong memories of the harsh Klondike served as the setting for a great number of his books Interviews with London near his death show great depression and many researchers believe that this lead to suicide Londons characters were the most advanced of his time Buck was smart fearless and instinctual and he knew when to use each of these traits Buck 255 At one of the peaks in action and anticipation in the book Buck runs into his rival In a flash Buck knew it The time had come It was to the death London 78 Buck did not fear the lead dog Spitz even though he realized that only one of them would come out alive Spitz was an experienced fighter and throughout the fight it looked as though Buck had no chance Each time Buck tried to attack Spitz he was countered by a defensive move and injured seemingly
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