Jack London: “The Greatest Story He Ever Told”

Vortrag mit Prof. Jon Adams Ph.D., Englisches Seminar der Universität Freiburg | Im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung "Stephen Crane's Times"

A major biography of Jack London begins by saying, “No American writer has been subjected to more misleading commentaries” than Jack London. These “misleading commentaries” are the result of a number of features of London’s life, but the most important feature is that London was a traveler. In 1892, just after he turned seventeen, he sailed on a sealing schooner from San Francisco to Japan and the Bearing Sea. Two years later, in 1894, London tramped across the United States as a member of Coxey’s army of the unemployed to protest the conditions of workers. In 1897, after a few months as a student at the University of California, London traveled to Alaska to participate in the Klondike gold rush. In 1902 he traveled to London, England, and spent a month disguised as an unemployed sailor in the East End, considered to be the worst slums in the world. In 1904 London traveled to Japan and Korea to report on the Russo-Japanese war. In 1907 he sailed on his yacht, Snark on a cruise that took him from San Francisco to Hawaii, and through the South Seas from the Marquesas Island in the Eastern Pacific to the Solomon Island Western Pacific. In 1914 traveled to Vera Cruz as a war correspondent to report on the U.S. military intervention in Mexico. All these travels, plus many less notable ones, formed London’s experience and fed his writing. The American literary critic, Alfred Kazin, said that “the greatest story he ever wrote was the story he lived”.

Texts: The Sea-Wolf (1900), “The Law of Life” (Children of the Frost, 1902), “To Build a Fire” (Lost Face, 1910), “The Seed of McCoy” (South Sea Tales, 1911), “The Inevitable White Man” (South Sea Tales, 1911), “The House of Pride” (The House of Pride and Other Tales of Hawaii, 1912)

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Event language: English
In cooperation with: English Department, University of Freiburg

Hörsaal 1015, KG I der Universität Freiburg
Do, 13.Jan.2022 um 18:00