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Biography of Jack London Jack London was born in San Francisco He was deserted by his father Professor William Henry Chaney an astrologer and raised in Oakland by his mother Flora Wellman a music teacher Londons stepfather John London was a failed storekeeper Londons youth was marked by poverty At the age of ten he became an avid reader and borrowed books from the Oakland Public Library where Ina Coolbirth recommended him the works of Flaubert Tolstoy and other major novelist After leaving school at the age of 14 London worked as a seaman rode in freight trains as a hobo In 1894 he was arrested in Niagara Falls and jailed for vagrancy These years made him determined to raise himself out of the poverty but they also gave later material for such works as THE SEA-WOLF 1904 which was partly based on his horrific experiences as a sailor in Pacific Ocean THE ROAD 1907 a collection of short stories inspired later writers like John Steinbeck and Jack Kerouac Without having much formal education London spent much time in public libraries reading fiction philosophy poetry political science At the age of 19 he gained admittance to the University of California at Berkeley His first great love was Mabel Applegate a middle-class girl who became the model for Ryth Morse in MARTIN EDED 1909 Later London wrote to Anna Strunsky London left the school before the year was over and went to seek a fortune in the Klondike gold rush of 1897 His attempt was unsuccessful London spent the winter near Dawson City suffering from scurvy In the spring he returned to San Francisco his notebook full of plans for stories For the remainder of 1898 London again tried to earn his living by writing His early stories appeared in the Overland Monthly and Atlantic Monthly In 1900 he married Elisabeth Maddern their home became a battle field between Elisabeth and
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