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January 12, 2013

Jack London, Born and Born Again

Filed under: Today in Literature — Tags: , , , — Bookblurb @ 9:36 pm

Jack London   (1876 - 1916)

Jack London
(1876 – 1916)

On this day in 1876 Jack London was born, and on this day in 1893, his seventeenth birthday, London signed on for an eight-month stint aboard a sealing schooner heading to the Far East. The voyage became the basis of The Sea Wolf and, said London twenty-five years later, saved him from the boozing-brawling-thieving life to which he was already addicted — one which “made toward death too quickly to suit my youth and vitality.”

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