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From the travels of Hemingway to the tramping of Kerouac we Americans weare fascinated by the idea of the open road Like the writers that cameafter him Jack London was no stranger to adventure and paved the roadfor this adventurous style of writing and influenced many of those whocame after him Jack London was born in San Francisco California onJanuary 12 1876 and died on November 22 1916 in Glen EllenCalifornia Kershaw 12 298 As a young man Jack London set off for theicy landscape of Alaska in search of the little golden rock that had somany wide eyed over the thought of instant riches Never one for missingout on a chance for adventure London wanted to try his hand at the goldrush as well To Build a Fire is a similar story of a young manseeking the little yellow rock in the icy landscape To Build a Firecontains setting conflict and the theme of humankind verses natureFor a short time Jack was raised by ex-slave Virginia Prentiss Kershaw12 When he was 15 Virginia Prentiss loaned him the 300 he needed tobuy his first sailing vessel the sloop Razzle Dazzle Kershaw 17 Inlater years as a successful author Jack London was generous in supportof Jennie and her family when they were in need Kershaw 263Jack London caught the gold fever as many other men did in the late 19thcentury In 1897 he makes a trip to Alaska for the Klondike Gold Rush toseek out his fortune during the trip he began his major writings Milne336 After the success of The Call of the Wild London quickly became aliterary phenomenon and became one the highest paid writers of the timeHaley London lived life to the fullest and spent most of his fortuneon his ranch home that he loved so dearly Wilson and Wilson Londonslast years were spent in the construction of a scientifically run ranchcomplex in Glen Ellen Sonoma County California It was there
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