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Jack London was born in San Francisco, California on January 12, 1876, to an unwed, wealthy mother. London grew up on California ranches until he moved to Oakland in 1876 after his mother’s marriage to John London. London was a hard worker even in his youth, working a variety of hard labor jobs during his teen years. London also travelled extensively during those years, boarding a sealing ship to see the Arctic and Japan. London also spent some time homeless during his early adult years, which left him with a passion for the poor and a leaning toward socialist politics. [Bachelor of Arts in English: Jack London]

By the time he was 29, he was internationally famous for Call of the Wild (1903), The Sea Wolf (1904), and other literary and journalistic accomplishments. He was divorced from Bessie (Maddern), his first wife and the mother of his two daughters, Joan and Little Bess, and he had married Charmian (Kittredge). Died November 22, 1916, of kidney disease at age 40.

Jack London ascribed his literary success largely to hard work - to "dig," as he put it. He tried never to miss his early morning 1,000-word writing stint, and between 1900 and 1916 he completed over fifty books, including both fiction and non-fiction, hundreds of short stories, and numerous articles on a wide range of topics. --Jack London - his life and books

Jack London (Wikipedia)

Jack London State Historic Park near Glen Ellen

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