In 1897, Jack London left the University of California to travel to the Alaskan Yukon in search of gold (Kinsella 606). London's firsthand experiences in the frozen tundra gave way to the creation of many of his best-selling novels and short stories, like The Call of the Wild (1903) and White Fang (1906) (Kinsella 606). The production of many of his famous short stories allowed him to gain recognition throughout the world. With the fame that he obtained, he was able to preach his message to people throughout the world (Hartzell). He wrote to convey that man cannot always overcome certain forces of nature, and that we have to succumb to some of those forces in order to survive (Existential). London impacted his time period with his socialist style of writing. He was a “work beast”, which meant he spent most of his youth working in order to support his poor family. He worked a wide spectr...
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