The Life Of Jack London


Jack London was born January 12, 1876 in San Francisco California.
Jack's parents' were Flora Wellman and William Chaney. Flora had grown up
wealthy in Ohio. As a child Flora was stricken with thyroid fever which
stunned her growth and ruined her looks. In June 1874 Flora started living
with astrologer William Chaney. In the summer of 1875 when Flora told
Chaney that she was pregnant Chaney panicked and told Flora to leave his
home at once. Flora took an overdose of opium. When that failed, Flora
shot herself in the head, but missed. Flora's depression kept led her into
a mental institution. Six months later, on January 12, 1876, Flora gave
birth to her son, whom she named John ...

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out that William Chaney the astrologer was his father, and decided to
write him a letter asking him who his natural father is. In Jack's early
years his stepfather John was a salesman for Singer Sewing Machines. John
London however could not walk very much to sell these machines. In the
Civil War John's lungs were damaged. Since John could not walk very much
to make a living, John moved his family across California to Oakland where
he tried his hand in farming. Oakland is where Jack first attended school.
When Jack first attended school the first thing he did was learn to read.
From then on Jack read a lot. At the age of seven Jack had his first
encounter with alcohol. While taking a pail of beer to his stepfather he
decided to taste it and one sip lead to the next and by the time Jack
arrived near his father, he was sick to his stomach. Jack later became an
alcoholic and wrote a book referring to his first brush with alcohol called
“John Barleycorn.” As a child the ...

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in the winter class of 1897. As Jack
entered high school he had the determination to become a very educated
student. Jack London started studying nineteen hours a day. Jack
continued to read a lot. He began reading the philosophical works of Karl
Marx, John Ruskin and Herbert Spencer. Spencer, who celebrated
individualism and, adopting the ideas of scientist Charles Darwin, advanced
the brutal theory of “survival of the fittest.”, was one of London's
favorites. John attended high-school for a few weeks and then decided to
drop out.
In the next several months London became very involved with the
socialist party. That summer he took a ship to the Golden Gate with the
news that ...

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