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Call of the Wild ()


Modern Library Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century

In 6th grade, our teacher (Miss Bock) made us do diaramas for our book reports. One kid made a diarama of Call of the Wild that was amazing.  You looked through an aperture at the end of the shoebox and there were trees & the dog & snow drifts, the whole nine yards.  Meanwhile, for my book, Jonathon Livingston Seagull, I pasted blue paper in the bottom of a box & glued in a seagull.  I believe our grades reflected our respective efforts.

Reading Call of the Wild as an adult, one realizes that it's not actually written for kids.  Seemingly the tale of a dog in Alaska, it is actually an argument that our primitive natures lurk just beneath a thin veneer of civilization.

The fact that it can be read & enjoyed by youngsters is just a bonus.

(Reviewed:)

Grade: (A)

  

Websites:

Jack London Links:
-Jack London's Ranch Album

Book-related and General Links:
    -London, Jack (Encyclopaedia Britannica)
    -The Jack London Collection
    -Jack London, his life and books (Jack London State Historic Park)
    -Jack London's Ranch Album
    -Jack London  Main Page
    -Jack London at Cetenary College of LA
    -PAL: Perspectives in American Literature: A Research and Reference Guide Chapter 6: Late Nineteenth Century - Jack London (1876-1916)
    -BIO: Jack London (1876-1916)  original name John Griffith Chaney (kirjasto)
    -Literary Research Guide: Jack London (1876 - 1916)
    -ETEXT: Archives of many works including journalism
    -ETEXT: The Call of the Wild (1903)
    -ETEXT: The Sea Wolf
    -ANNOTATED ETEXTS: (Self Knowledge)
    -ONLINE STUDY GUIDE : The Call of the Wild    by Jack London (SparkNote by Debra Grossman)
    -ESSAY: THE PHILOSOPHY OF JACK LONDON (Joseph Sciambra, Sonoma State University)
    -ESSAY: Call of the Wild (Henry Veggian)
    -ESSAY: Jack London on the Great War (Michael E. Hanlon, Trenches on the Web)
    -ESSAY: Jack London: Superman unmasked (Bridgman, Joan, Contemporary Review; March 1998)
    -BIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY: A short life intensely lived: The adventure of Jack London (Harmon, BIOGRAPHY Magazine)
    -REVIEW: of THE LETTERS OF JACK LONDON Volume One:1896-1905. Volume Two: 1906-1912. Volume Three: 1913-1916  (E.L. Doctorow, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of Jack London, Hemingway and the Constitution Selected Essays, 1977-1992 By E. L. Doctorow (CHRISTOPHER LEHMAN-HAUPT, NY Times)
    -ESSAY: FREEDOM ,NECESSITY AND DOGS I HAVE KNOWN (Leigh Hafrey, NY Times Book Review)
 

GENERAL
    -ESSAY: The Politics and Aesthetics of Art (Berdichevsky, Norman, Contemporary Review)
    -REVIEW: INVENTING THE DREAM California Through the Progressive Era. By Kevin Starr (Wallace Stegner, NY Times Book Review)
    -ESSAY: ONE TOO MANY FOR THE MUSE  (J. Anthony Lukas, NY Times Book Review)
    -ESSAY: AMERICAN WRITERS SEEN THROUGH A SOVIET GLASS  (THEODORE SHABAD, NY Times Book Review)

If you like The Call of the Wild, try:

Adams, Richard
    -Watership Down

Dickey, James
    -Deliverance

Farwell, Byron
    -Burton: A Biography of Sir Richard Francis Burton

Forbarth, Peter
    -The Last Hero

Harrison, William
    -Mountains of the Moon

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