Academic Scholarship

Jack London, The People of the Abyss, Centenary Edition (Introduction)

London: Pluto, September 2001

Jack London Brigitte Koenig, Ph.D.
Department of History

Jack London was famous for his adventure stories, such as "White Fang" and "The Call of the Wild", but he was also a skilled political writer and social critic. He led a varied and colorful life as a journalist, laborer, fisherman, gold-prospector and even a vagrant. Jack London came to the East End of London in 1902, and "The People of the Abyss" is the result of his investigative journalism that paints a vivid and disturbing portrait. It is both a literary masterpiece and a major sociological study.


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