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Jack London 1876-1916 was easily the most successful and best-known writerin America in the first decade of the 20th century He is best known for his books TheCall of the Wild White Fang and The Sea-Wolf and a few short stories such as ToBuild a Fire and The White Silence He was a productive writer whose fiction traveledthrough three lands and their cultures such as the Yukon California and the SouthPacific His most famous writings included war boxing stories and the life of theMolokai lepers He was among the most influential people of his day who understoodhow to use the media to market his self-created image of a once poor boy to now famouswriterbiography of Jack London He left over fifty books of novels stories journalism London was born in San Francisco to an unmarried mother Flora Wellman Hisfather may have been William Chaney a journalist and lawyer Because Flora was illfor eight months Jack was raised by an ex-slave Virginia Prentiss Late in 1876 Floramarried John London a partially disabled Civil War veteran who adopted Jack Thefamily moved around the Bay area for a while before settling in Oakland where Jack When he was young London worked at different hard jobs He searched foroysters on San Francisco Bay served on a fish patrol sailed the Pacific on a sealing shiphoboed around the country and returned to attend high school at age 19 During thattime he became familiar with socialism He ran unsuccessfully several times for Mayor Londons great love became agriculture and he often said he wrote to support hisBeauty Ranch in Glen Ellen He brought techniques observed in Japan like terracing andmanure spreading and used them on his farm Troubled by physical problems during his thirties London developed kidneydisease He died on November 22 1916 Following his
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