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Wolf: The Lives of Jack London | [James L. Haley]

Wolf: The Lives of Jack London

Jack London was born a working-class, fatherless San Franciscan in 1876. In his youth, he was a boundlessly energetic adventurer on the bustling west coast—by and by playing the role of hobo, sailor, and oyster pirate. From his vantage point at the margins of Gilded Age America, he witnessed such iniquity and abuses that he became a life long socialist and advocate for reform. Award-winning western historian James L. Haley paints a vivid portrait of London—adventurer, social reformer, and the most well-known American writer of his generation.
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Publisher's Summary

Jack London was born a working-class, fatherless San Franciscan in 1876. In his youth, he was a boundlessly energetic adventurer on the bustling west coast—by and by playing the role of hobo, sailor, and oyster pirate. From his vantage point at the margins of Gilded Age America, he witnessed such iniquity and abuses that he became a life-long socialist and advocate for reform. His adventures in the American wilderness and underworld informed his fiction, and his writing came to captivate the nation as it defined his era. Within his own short lifetime, London became the most popular, and bestselling, author of his generation.

By adulthood he had matured into the iconic American author of such still-universally loved books as The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Sea Wolf, but in spite of his success, he was at war with himself. The highest-paid writer in America, he was constantly broke. Famous as he was for conjuring the brutality of nature in story after story and novel after novel, upon the actual deaths of his favorite animals he would dissolve into helpless tears. Sick, angry, and disillusioned, after a short, breathless life, he passed away at age forty, but he left behind him a glorious literary legacy.

Award-winning author James L. Haley explores the forgotten Jack London—a man bristling with ideas, whose passion for social justice roared until the day he died. In Wolf, Haley returns Jack London to his proper place in the American pantheon, resurrecting the author of White Fang in his full fire and glory.

©2010 James L. Haley (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[A] valuable London biography. It surpasses Irving Stone’s 1938 Sailor on Horseback, giving us a well-delineated picture of a singular, complicated figure…These days we have little sense of the literary glory that was Jack London. Thanks to James Haley’s zeal, the author of [the fiercely imaginative Before Adam], not just the man of The Call of the Wild, is before us again." (Wall Street Journal)
"James L. Haley’s sharply focused biography recaptures the breadth of London’s achievements and the intricacies of his personality…We can be grateful to Haley for restoring London to us in all his passionate conviction and flawed humanity." (Washington Post)
“[A] gripping narrative…Haley understands what longtime scholars of London have often failed to see: that London had multiple lives, and explored his own identities in his fiction." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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    Danny Loudon, TN, United States 10-21-10
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    "A life of bright flames to ashes..."

    The biographer and his subject are a superb match, as is the choice of the narrator. I had no idea that Jack London did so much with his life across a spectrum of so many different contexts of bold and varied adventures and daunting personal challenges. I'm equally intrigued how today's world so parallels as to the need for others to take the baton of his "worker passions." Here's content for many fine novels that amazingly was actually compressed into one formidable life.

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    Txjack Central Texas 07-19-10
    Txjack Central Texas 07-19-10 Member Since 2005

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    "Excellent Book"

    Five years with Audible and my first review.

    This book is excellent. It is exciting as a novel and I learned a great deal about Jack London.

    The best part about this experience was the narration by Bronson Pinchot. His performance brought the book to life. I am only sorry he has a just a few books he has narrated.

    Overall, I was very sad for the book to end. What a short but exciting life London lived. He crammed 4 or 5 lives in one short lifetime, and each is brought to life by the author and narrator. Do yourself a favor and get this.

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    Peter Winthrop, WA, United States 05-23-11
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    "Wolf The Lives of Jack London"

    This is a brilliant biography. Haley provides full and thoughful cultural and historical context for his examination of London's life and works. Wolf: The Lives of Jack London gave me a new appreciation of London and his contributions to American life and letters.

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    mary FRANKLIN, IN, United States 07-02-12
    mary FRANKLIN, IN, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    Really enjoyed this biography. It had a nice, moving line, which I thought seemed to reflect that life of the man well. Never not-interesting.

    The narrator was a good fit for the gritty nature of Jack London, created by his life experiences, and the interwoven thread of sensitivity that any real artist is born with.

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    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 08-23-14
    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 08-23-14 Member Since 2011

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    What made the experience of listening to Wolf: The Lives of Jack London the most enjoyable?

    The chronology, the history, the writers story, which was such a fantastic adventure in bravery.


    What other book might you compare Wolf: The Lives of Jack London to and why?

    The history of Robert E. Howard in his Conan series books, just simply Fascinating, as this was!


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    What a Beautiful and fantastic presence he lends to this work! I just remember him being this silly comedian on that sit com years ago! But he is like a bloody Orson Wells in this narration! Loved it! Keep up the good work Bronson!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Fact that one of my literary hero's had to work, so................so hard as a child, "the worker beast" was particularly touching.


    Any additional comments?

    First rate! Will listen to it again, and again through out the years! Thank you audible!

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