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The Iron Heel treads upon the faces of the poor. Determined to crush the working class at any cost, the brutal dictatorship incites a paranoid atmosphere of witch-hunting hysteria, employing gangs of thugs to stifle free speech. Avis Everhard, wife of a labor leader, narrates this gripping novel. In moving terms, she reveals the wretched poverty that props up aristocratic wealth and recounts the desperate struggles of revolutionaries against the insidious rise of the Iron Heel. George Orwell hailed this prescient tale as "a truer prophecy of the future than either Brave New World or The Shape of Things to Come." Written more than a century ago, Jack London's harrowing vision of class warfare and a totalitarian state anticipates the development of fascism, the spread of terrorism, and the oppressive forces of government surveillance and authority. A short novel with remarkable depth, it continues to resonate with modern readers as both a satire and a warning.
The novel is based on the fictional "Everhard Manuscript" written by Avis Everhard which she hid and which was subsequently found centuries later. In addition, this novel has an introduction and series of (often lengthy) footnotes written from the perspective of scholar Anthony Meredith.
Part science fiction, part dystopian fantasy, part radical socialist tract, Jack London's The Iron Heel offers a grim depiction of warfare between the classes in America and around the globe. Originally published nearly a hundred years ago, it anticipated many features of the past century, including the rise of fascism, the emergence of domestic terrorism, and the growth of centralized government surveillance and authority. What begins as a war of words ends in scenes of harrowing violence as the state oligarchy, known as "the Iron Heel," moves to crush all opposition to its power. First time in Penguin Classics Includes introduction and explanatory notes
"I am loving these Dover editions. Informative and interesting. I highly recommend them, and hope they continue to publish titles like these." -- Januarygray.netNovelist, journalist, and social activist Jack London (1876-1916) rose from abject poverty to international fame as the bestselling, highest-paid, and most popular author of his era. London created a substantial body of work in his short life, drawing upon a diverse array of experiences that ranged from cannery worker and railroad hobo to sailor and prospector.Stories of hardship amid the wilderness and on the open sea typify London's works, and this inexpensive, single-volume edition features three of his complete novels -- The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and The Sea-Wolf. Short stories of adventure in the Klondike and elsewhere include "The White Silence," "In a Far Country," and "The Law of Life."
Jack London was a writer, but more than that, he was an adventurer who wrote about his adventures. Growing up working class in San Francisco, London diligently scrounged out a life riding trains, pirating oysters, working on a sealing ship, and working at a cannery, all the while using his free time to hole up in libraries reading novels and travel books. A harrowing voyage aboard a sealing ship, where he and the crew were almost killed by a typhoon, convinced him to start writing stories. After a brief time on the east coast and a stint in the Yukon mining for gold, London returned to California. He published his stories in the Overland Monthly, which prompted him to become more disciplined in his writing. He published numerous novels over the years, including The Call of the Wild, a story about a dog who becomes a sled dog in the Yukon, The People of the Abyss, which heavily critiqued capitalism, and John Barleycorn, a memoiristic novel that detailed his struggles with alcoholism. With quotes from the array of Jack London's writings, readers will get a sense of his life as well as a keen yearning for undertaking their own adventures.
Darrell Standing, a university professor serving life imprisonment in San Quentin for murder, defies the will of prison officials who try to break his spirit with "the jacket," a canvas jacket which can be tightly laced so as to tortuously compress the whole body. To survive, Standing discovers how to enter a trance state in which he walks among the stars and experiences past lives.
JERRY is an Irish terrier, a dog of many adventures. Born on one of the Solomon Islands, he early comes to know as master the man called Skipper. Skipper to Jerry is a god. To others he is captain of a boat engaged in the trade of labor which is supplied for the South Sea plantations. The calling is a dangerous one, and when Skipper meets his fate, Jerry falls into the hands of a head-hunting chief and a cannibal village becomes his home. Chance saves him from the cooking-pot and he escapes into the wilds. But unlike another dog hero, Jerry does not revert to the primitive. The yacht Ariel comes to his rescue, and in Harley and Villa Kennan, Jerry finds two gods worthy of a dog's worship.
John Barleycorn is an autobiographical novel by Jack London dealing with his enjoyment of and struggles with alcoholism. It was published in 1913. The title is taken from the British folksong "John Barleycorn."
These letters embody the suppositious correspondence of a poet and a scientist. The letters of both are in a somewhat high-flown and impossible manner. Although the subjects treated, love and marriage, are scarcely new, the letters contain some keen speculation, and some which is interesting.
As a young man in the summer of 1897, Jack London joined the Klondike gold rush. From that seminal experience emerged these gripping, inimitable wilderness tales, which have endured as some of London's best and most defining work. With remarkable insight and unflinching realism, London describes the punishing adversity that awaited men in the brutal, frozen expanses of the Yukon, and the extreme tactics these adventurers and travelers adopted to survive. As Van Wyck Brooks observed, " One felt that the stories had been somehow lived- that they were not merely observed- that the author was not telling tales but telling his life. " This edition is unique to the Modern Library, featuring twenty-three carefully chosen stories from London's three collected Northland volumes and his later Klondike tales. It also includes two maps of the region, and notes on the text.
Why were the American POWs imprisoned at the "Hanoi Hilton" so resilient in captivity and so successful in their subsequent careers? This book presents six principles practiced within the POW organizational culture that can be used to develop high-performance teams everywhere. The authors offer examples from both the POWs' time in captivity and their later professional lives that identify, in real-life situations, the characteristics necessary for sustainable, high-performance teamwork. The book takes readers inside the mind of James Stockdale, a fighter pilot with a degree in philosophy, who was the senior ranking officer at the Hanoi prison. The theories Stockdale practiced become readily understandable in this book. Drawing parallels between Stockdale's guiding philosophies from the Stoic Epictetus and the principles of modern sports psychology, Peter Fretwell and Taylor Baldwin Kiland show readers how to apply these principles to their own organizations and create a culture with staying power.Originally intending their book to focus on Stockdale's leadership style, the authors found that his approach toward completing a mission was to assure that it could be accomplished without him. Stockdale, they explain, had created a mission-centric organization, not a leader-centric organization. He had understood that a truly sustainable culture must not be dependent on a single individual.At one level, this book is a business school case study. It is also an examination of how leadership and organizational principles employed in the crucible of a Hanoi prison align with today's sports psychology and modern psychological theories and therapies, as well as the training principles used by Olympic athletes and Navy SEALs. Any group willing to apply these principles can move their mission forward and create a culture with staying power-one that outlives individual members.
Includes The Wolf and the Dog (El lobo y el perro), The Man Who Was a Horse (El hombre que se sentia caballo), Unsentimental Mother (Madre insesible), and Long Duel (El Largo duelo), and excerpts from the introduction of The Hidden life of Dogs.
El escritor norteamericano más leído fuera de los Estados Unidos, había sido marino, pescador y contrabandista, fue militante comunista e incluso agitador político. La contradicción individualidad-colectividad está presente en su obra. Sostenía que el ser humano no es bueno por naturaleza. Su escritura posee un vigor primitivo que aún conmueve, un lirismo acorde con el esplendor de la Naturaleza intacta. Muchos de sus relatos, entre los que destaca su obra maestra, La llamada de lo salvaje (traducida como 'de la selva' y 'de la naturaleza' 1903), fue el comienzo de una saga de héroes que mostraban una nobleza inquebrantable frente a las fuerzas de la Naturaleza y la condición humana. Ha sido traducido a numerosas lenguas.
El lobo de mar, un clásico de la literatura norteamericana y una de las mejores novelas de aventuras de todos los tiempos, dramatiza el fortuito encuentro entre dos personajes que representan visiones opuestas de la condición humana. Humphrey van Weyden es un joven intelectual, refinado e idealista que, tras naufragar a bordo de un ferry en aguas del pacífico, es rescatado por un barco dedicado a la caza de focas y capitaneado por Wolf Larsen, el prototipo de "lobo de mar", cruel, despiadado y sin escrúpulos. Sometido a su tiránica autoridad, el joven descubrirá la dureza y la impiedad de un mundo primitivo que sin embargo le ayudará a consumar su aprendizaje moral.
At his peak, about the time this collection was first published in 1910, Jack London was the highest-paid and perhaps the most popular living American writer. Lost Face consists of seven short works, including the title story and his finest and best-known short story, "To Build a Fire." Now in paperback for the first time, this collection appears as it was originally published.Jack London grew up in poverty, educated himself through public libraries, and, in addition to writing, devoted his life to promoting socialism (although he eventually resigned from the Socialist Party). Despite his financial and critical success, in the end he succumbed to alcoholism and depression and died of a drug overdose. During the 1898 gold rush, London traveled to the Klondike to seek his fortune. It was this experience that had the most profound effect on his writing. Not only did he mine the far north environment for subject matter (and all the stories in Lost Face take place in the Yukon), but his laconic style drew upon its cold harshness and loneliness, where people and beasts had to work together or against each other for survival. London's stories are treasured for their insights into the psychology of both people and animals--particularly dogs--and Lost Face is a brilliant collection of some of the finest examples of London's craft.
Lost Face is a collection of seven short stories by Jack London. It takes its named from the first short story in the book, about a European adventurer in the Yukon who outwits his Indian captors' plans to torture him.
Jack London, the novelist, the writer of short stories, merits respect, for he is a powerful artist in the field where he found fame. He is best known by his stories of life in the frozen and savage North. His interpretations are characterized by brutal vigor. They are rich in the element of man and nature.
This is a collection of short stories of Jack London. The book contains a total of eight short stories a couple of which are rare to find. All the stories are based on the Gold Rush adventures in far north and Klondyke in the early 1900s.
Under this title the author has grouped eight short stories. The tale which gives the book its name is a description of a man dying in the wilds of the Northwest by slow starvation. The concluding story, "Negore, the Coward," relates to the old days of the Russian occupancy of Alaska, and shows what a man will do to retain a woman's love and wipe from his name an undeserved affix.
London has lost nothing in power. He has gained in sweetness. There is something brutally strong in Martin Eden. Then there is a gentler background. Someone says Martin is London's self. Maybe in part. Maybe wholly. Martin Eden is concretely explicit and yet potently symbolistic. Here was a man who undertook to civilize himself and only half succeeded. And here also a woman who undertook to uncivilize herself, only half succeeded. How the spirit grew in Martin, and how the flesh grew in Ruth, will bear looked at frankly from both sides.
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