From one of America’s great writers, this delightful collection – the first of its kind – contains twenty-three adventurous tales set in the San Francisco Bay Area.
If San Francisco has captured the world’s imagination through the hardboiled stories of Dashiell Hammett, the prose and poetry of Jack Kerouac and his fellow Beats, through Orson Welles’ Lady From Shanghai and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, it is as a romantic city of vast suspension bridges and foggy back alleys, not as the wild west of Jack London’s day. Pre-quake San Francisco was a tough town, and Jack London – hobo, sailor, oyster pirate, hard drinker – was pretty tough, too.
Although famous for his stories of the Klondike and the Pacific, London wrote extensively about his home base. This collection contains such classic stories as ‘The Apostate’ and ‘South of the Slot’ as well as extracts from John Barleycorn and The Sea-Wolf. The overlooked 1905 story cycle Tales of the Fish Patrol is included in its entirety. London’s vivid eyewitness report of the Great 1906 Earthquake and Fire – which destroyed forever the old city – stands as a fitting epilogue.
Discover a vanished San Francisco in these wonderful stories of Jack London.
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A collection now available from Sydney Samizdat Press