Jack London

Writer of Fiction and Non-fiction; Journalist
Born Jan 12, 1876

John Griffith "Jack" London was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jack London.


Late in 1876, Flora Wellman married John London, a partially disabled Civil War veteran, and brought her baby John, later known as Jack, to live with the newly married couple. … Read More
1885 9 Years Old In 1885, London found and read Ouida's long Victorian novel Signa. … Read More
1886 10 Years Old In 1886, he went to the Oakland Public Library and found a sympathetic librarian, Ina Coolbrith, who encouraged his learning. (She later became California's first poet laureate and an important figure in the San Francisco literary community).


1889 13 Years Old In 1889, London began working 12 to 18 hours a day at Hickmott's Cannery. … Read More
1893 17 Years Old In 1893, he signed on to the sealing schooner Sophie Sutherland, bound for the coast of Japan. … Read More
1894 18 Years Old In 1894, he spent 30 days for vagrancy in the Erie County Penitentiary at Buffalo, New York. … Read More


1896 20 Years Old London desperately wanted to attend the University of California, Berkeley. In 1896, after a summer of intense studying to pass certification exams, he was admitted.
In 1897, when he was 21 and a student at the University of California, Berkeley, London searched for and read the newspaper accounts of his mother's suicide attempt and the name of his biological father. … Read More
1898 - 1900 2 More Events
1901 25 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He ran unsuccessfully as the high-profile Socialist nominee for mayor of Oakland in 1901 (receiving 245 votes) and 1905 (improving to 981 votes), toured the country lecturing on socialism in 1906, and published two collections of essays about socialism: The War of the Classes (1905) and Revolution, and other Essays (1906). … Read More
1902 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Among the works he sold to magazines was a short story known as either "Diable" (1902) or "Bâtard" (1904), in two editions of the same basic story; London received $141.25 for this story on May 27, 1902. … Read More
1903 27 Years Old On July 24, 1903, London told Bessie he was leaving and moved out.
London accepted an assignment of the San Francisco Examiner to cover the Russo-Japanese War in early 1904, arriving in Yokohama on January 25, 1904. … Read More
1905 29 Years Old 1 More Event
After divorcing Maddern, London married Charmian Kittredge in 1905. … Read More


1906 30 Years Old …  Most San Francisco civil records were destroyed by the extensive fires that followed the 1906 earthquake; nobody knows what name appeared on her son's birth certificate. … Read More
1910 34 Years Old 1 More Event
After 1910, his literary works were mostly potboilers, written out of the need to provide operating income for the ranch. … Read More
1913 37 Years Old In 1913 and 1914, a number of newspapers printed the first three sentences with varying terms used instead of "scab", such as "knocker", "stool pigeon" or "scandal monger". … Read More
1914 38 Years Old Beginning in December 1914, London worked on The Acorn Planter, A California Forest Play, to be performed as one of the annual Grove Plays, but it was never selected. … Read More
1915 39 Years Old London's last visit to Hawaii, beginning in December 1915, lasted eight months.


London published The Acorn Planter in 1916.
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