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John Jack Griffith London 1876-1916 was born in San Francisco California His mother Flora Wellman came from a wealthy family As an infant Virginia Prentiss a major mother figure raised Jack in Jacks childhood an ex-slave She was obligated to care for Jack because Jacks mother was illIn his teenage years Jack worked very hard jobs he served on a fish patrol catching poachers he pirated oysters on the San Francisco Bay he sailed the Pacific Ocean on a sealing ship and he joined Kellys Army of Unemployed Working Men London also traveled around the country not returning to high school until the age of 19 During these years Jack was often reading the different writings of various authors He chose to be a writer to escape the life of a factory worker He often submitted literary works like jokes stories and poems to publications usually with little or no successWhen Jack London turned 21 in 1897 he spent the winter in the Yukon This provided material and motivation for many of his stories He started publishing many of these in the Overland Monthly in 1899 Jack London thereafter became known as a highly disciplined writer who produced over fifty volumes of political essays stories and novelsThe Call of the Wild brought Jack London lasting fame in 1903 Many of Jacks short stories deserve to be called classics even to this day In 1907 Jack London began a voyage in a small boat across the Pacific Ocean that he would not end until 1909 This voyage was a key in breaking the taboo over leprosy The journey also gave London material for books he would write on Melanesian and Polynesian cultures Jack Londons best novel The Sea Wolf was based on experiences at sea Jack Londons love life was a unique one Londons first marriage in 1900 was to Bess Madden With Bess Jack had two daughters Joan and Bess Jack co-wrote a book titled
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