Critical Insights: Jack London

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Chronology of Author's Life
  • Complete List of Author's Works
  • Publication Dates of Works
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: Lawrence I. Berkove
    University of Michigan-Dearborn
September 2011 · 1 volume · 360 pages · 6"x9"

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ISBN: 978-1-58765-830-3
# of Pages: 360
# of Volumes: 1
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Jack London combines biographical material with original essays comparing his career to that of Mark Twain and an examination of his critical reception. His interest in Carl Jung, Naturalism and the theme of androgyny throughout his novels are also discussed.

This volume on Jack London opens with essays on his career, life and influence. These include a perspective by Robert Roper for the The Paris Review.

Essays that put the author in a critical context include:

Love in the Time of Darwinism: Dialectical Approximations in Jack London's Martin Eden, by Kenneth K. Brandt
Jack London in Context, by Jacqueline Tavernier-Courbin
The Literary Careers of Mark Twain and Jack London, by Jeanne Campbell Reesman
The Critical Reception of Jack London, by Donna M. Campbell


Critical readings include:

Jack London: Blond Beasts and Supermen, by Charles Child Walcutt
Jack London's Heart of Darkness, by Sam S. Baskett
Jack London's Use of Carl Jung's Psychology of the Unconscious, by James I. McClintock
"The Kipling of the Klondike": Naturalism in London's Early Fiction, by Earl J. Wilcox
From "All Gold Canyon" to The Acorn-Planter: Jack London's Agrarian Vision, by Earle Labor
Androgyny in the Novels of Jack London, by Clarice Stasz
A Romantic Novel, by Jacqueline Tavernier-Courbin
The Cell, by James Williams
Introduction to Jack London's Tales of Cannibals and Headhunters, by Gary Riedl and Thomas R. Tietze
New York City, Social Progress and the Crowd: Jack London's "Telic Action & Collective Stupidity," by Susan Nuernberg
Jack London, Jack Johnson, and the "Great White Hope," by Jeanne Campbell Reesman


Each essay is 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

A chronology of the author's life
A complete list of the author's works and their original dates of publication
A general bibliography
A detailed paragraph on the volume's editor
Notes on the individual chapter authors
A subject index