"The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time."
- Jack London
Jack London was born January 12, 1876. London ascribed his literary success to hard work. He fought his way
from West Oakland to become the highest paid novelist of his day. Along with writing, London oversaw the
building of a custom-made ship, The Snark, and supervised the operation of Beauty Ranch.
London also spoke on socialism and other economic and political topics.
Jack London divorced Bessie Maddern, his first wife and the mother of his two daughters, and remarried Charmian
Kittredge. He lived an active life until his death from a kidney ailment in 1916.
Prominent themes in London's works include the struggle to survive with dignity and the questions
of life and death. He wove these ideas into stories of high adventure based mostly on first-hand
Jack London: His Life and Books
Offers a biography of Jack London's childhood and writing career, along with pictures and quotes.
Links and book listings are also available.
Jack London Ranch Album
Offers a complete look at Jack London's life and works.
Explore selected short stories and read chapters from London's famous books:
"The Call of the Wild," "White Fang," and "The Sea-Wolf." View a complete list of his books by date and
view old photos of his boat and world cruise. Special features include a view of London's original
Remington Standard No. 7, a brief biography of his youngest daughter and an article about his death.