Jack London’s beloved 1903 masterpiece, The Call of the Wild, is unsurpassed as the gripping adventure of Buck, a California wolf-dog enjoying the good life who is brutally kidnapped and sold into the Canadian Yukon as a sled-dog during the gold rush of the 1890s. Buck quickly has to shed his civilized ways to survive the harsh new laws of fang and club, but after terrifying challenges he triumphs by discovering his true nature, which leads him to authentic love and finally an authentic life. Far more than a deeply moving animal fable, London’s harrowing and sublime tale probes fundamental questions of human existence and our relationship to the natural world.
Includes London’s haunting short story “To Build a Fire,” his 1903 article “How I Became a Socialist,” his 1910 essay The Other Animals, an afterword by Ulrich Baer, and a biographical timeline.
Jack London (1876-1926) was one of the the first American novelists to earn worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from writing. In addition to his wildly popular adventure tales, he wrote some of the earliest works of science fiction, newspaper articles, essays, plays, and poetry. A political radical, he championed unionization, worker’s rights, and socialism, and fiercely advocated against cruelty to circus animals.
Ulrich Baer holds a BA from Harvard and a PhD from Yale. He is University Professor at New York University, where he teaches literature and photography. He has been awarded Guggenheim, Getty, and Alexander von Humboldt fellowships. A widely recognized expert on poetry and translator, among his books are Rainer Maria Rilke’s The Dark Interval: Letters on Loss, Grief, and Transformation, Letters on Life, and Letters to a Young Poet. Other books include Spectral Evidence, What Snowflakes Get Right, and in the Warbler Press Contemplations series: Nietzsche on Love, Dickinson on Love, and Rilke on Love. He lives in New York City.
“He was sounding the deeps of his nature, and of the parts of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the womb of Time.”
—from the book
Price: $10.00 (paperback) | $2.99 (ebook)
Pages: 148 pages
Book dimensions: 5.25 x 0.4 x 8 inches
Published: February 18, 2020