The Stories

I. YOUTH

from John Barleycorn
The Apostate
From ‘Small-Boat Sailing’
To Repel Boarders
from John Barleycorn

II. TALES OF THE FISH PATROL

White and Yellow
The King of the Greeks
A Raid on the Oyster Pirates
The Siege of the ‘Lancashire Queen’
Charley’s Coup
Demetrios Contos
Yellow Handkerchief

III. THE BAY AREA

The Banks of the Sacramento
An Adventure in the Upper Sea
Winged Blackmail
When the World Was Young
The Prodigal Father
Benefit of the Doubt

IV. SAN FRANCISCO PAST AND FUTURE

from John Barleycorn
from The Sea-Wolf
South of the Slot
The Dream of Debs

EPILOGUE: 18 April 1906

The Story of an Eyewitness

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Volume arrangement copyright ©2010 Matthew Asprey. All rights reserved.

  • Edited by Matthew Asprey; Preface by Rodger Jacobs

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    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.

    header image of San Francisco Bay by Kevin Collins @ Flickr

    All original material is Copyright ©2010 Matthew Asprey. All rights reserved.

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