With Nancy J. Farrier
|Jack London 1903
Growing up in San Francisco, Jack had to work hard and
|Jack, age 9
In 1893, seventeen-year-old Jack, went on a sealing voyage. They were caught in the midst of a typhoon, adding to the excitement. When Jack returned home, he entertained his mother with tales of his time on board ship. His mother encouraged him to write the story and enter a writing contest. Jack won the prize for his story, although his writing career wouldn’t take off for several years.
|Jack and Charmian
In 1897, when Jack was twenty-one, he sailed with his brother-in-law to join the Klondike Gold Rush. Due to the harsh conditions and constant struggle to survive, Jack’s health declined. He suffered from malnutrition and contracted scurvy, a common ailment among the men. Still, his time there fueled stories and he penned, what critics refer to as one of his best short stories, To Build a Fire, based on the hardships he endured.
In 1900, Jack married his longtime friend, Bess Maddern.
|Bess London with daughters
|Jack with daughters Joan and Bessie
The Call of the Wild Jack’s biggest selling book, sold in 1903 to both The Atlantic Monthly and Macmillan publishers. Between 1900 and 1916, Jack wrote over 50 novels
|Jack's ship, Snark
|Wolf House Ruins
A hard worker, Jack London made it his policy to write 1,000 words a day. With
his health declining, his doctors encouraged him to slow
down, to curtail his alcohol consumption, and to improve his diet. Jack refused
to do any of those things and died gastrointestinal uremic poisoning in
November of 1916 at the age of forty.
|Jack London 1916
Even at the end, Jack had many bold plans. He never admitted defeat, and he left a legacy to his ideals in his many writings. Have you ever visited the Jack London Historic Park? Have you read any of his books? Which of his writings did you enjoy most?
Nancy J Farrier is an award winning author who lives in Southern California in the Mojave Desert. She loves the Southwest with its interesting historical past. Nancy and her husband have five children and two grandsons. When Nancy isn’t writing, she loves to read, do needle craft, play with her cats, and spend time with her family. Nancy is represented by Karen Ball of The Steve Laube Literary Agency. You can read more about Nancy and her books on her website: nancyjfarrier.com.