His mother, Flora, was a woman prone to depression, spiritualism and rages, who tried to kill herself when her son was born.
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Her husband disowned her and she remarried a man named John London, whose various get-rich-quick schemes always came to nothing. Jack had to grow up fast — and make money. Aged just 13 he started work in a canning factory. By 15 he'd managed to save enough to buy himself a small boat, on which he sold onions and potatoes to the ships anchored in San Francisco Bay.
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He soon upgraded to a sloop called the Razzle Dazzle and became an oyster pirate, raiding the tidal oyster beds, before switching sides to patrol the same beds for the California Fish Patrol. He then signed up to work on a ship bound for the Bering Sea. He returned to America to work in a jute mill, became a hobo, was thrown into prison, became a gold prospector in the Yukon, a stoker on a steamship and a student at the University of California. And all before the age of No wonder he referred to himself as the "Work Beast".
And no wonder he saw writing primarily as a source of income. He was hooked. During his adventures London devoured books along with his candy — the staff at the local public library were his mentors — and he began to wonder if he too might become a full-time writer. He saw writing as a form of labour and soon acquired the habit of knocking out a thousand words a day, wherever he was and whatever he was doing.
Some of the work was claptrap, of course, and much of it was slapdash, but his early short stories were soon gathered together and published as The Son of the Wolf , and he was on his way.
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He published an average of three or four books a year. London's physical appetites were as insatiable as his passion for writing — his friends called him Wolf — and he seems to have loved men and women equally, though exactly how equally it's difficult to tell. He certainly enjoyed a close friendship with a poet named George Sterling, whom he called "The Greek". Haley retells London's adventures with great relish — and who wouldn't. I feel this is among the such a lot vital info for me.
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From the opening scenes of Charmian and Jack sparring in the boxing ring, it keeps me turning the pages. And as the title of the novel suggests, the character I am most interested in is Charmian. Both Jack and Charmain are big personalities and colorful people full of as much magic as a Houdini act.
But this is the heart of their conflicts too. Some of that success she achieves is in the later part of the story, and who better than Charmian to put on the boxing gloves again, so to speak, and fight for the right to write the biography of Jack. Some of the delicious details are related to food and this is no surprise because Rebecca also is the director of Worth Our Weight , an educational culinary program for at risk children, in California.
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Down the middle, beeswax candles in wine bottles illuminate plump, round pumpkins; gnarled gourds; and Indian corn speckled scarlet and gold. Jack says we can never have too many wine glasses. Carol L. February 7, at PM.