THE COMPLETE POETRY OF JACK LONDON
Edited by Daniel J. Wichlan
($19.95, (7” X 10”) Paperback, 266 pages, 17 b/w photographs)
First published in 2009, we are please release this fully revised and updated 2nd edition of “The Complete Poetry of Jack London” edited by Daniel J Wichlan.
The new edition contains a new introduction, new poetry and newly attributed poetry plus numerous photos of Jack and his wife’s and children.
In this groundbreaking book, the true genesis of Jack London’s prose style is at last revealed. This book will forever alter the established view and perception of one of American’s most famous writers.
Behind this modest title hides a wealth of new works previous unpublished, together with revelatory analysis, notes and information relating to all the extracts of poetry discovered in both London’s published and unpublished writing.
Simply put, Jack London was a poet who wrote fiction and nonfiction not a writer of fiction and nonfiction who wrote poetry. This was his declared intention at the start of his writing career. However, his poetic aspiration and passion were sublimated under the weight of necessity to earn sufficient money to support himself and his family.
As Daniel so clearly states, in his extended introduction, “Jack London had the heart and soul of a poet as demonstrated by his love of and passion for poetry…” and that “Few prose writers exceed his knowledge and understanding of writing poetry…” and “London used poetry, his and others, extensively throughout his writing, in fact, thirty-one of his fifty-one books contain significant amounts of poetry.” All extracts are reproduced with comprehensive attribution.
Daniel goes on to say that “London owes much of his success to the richness of language and emotionally stirring descriptions used throughout his writing. This language and these descriptions frequently reached lyrical levels as in his masterpiece The Call of the Wild and its “sequel” White Fang. London’s poetic instinct is the origin of his writing prowess…”
Therefore, this book is essential reading for those interested in understanding Jack London, as never before, and discovering the central role poetry played in his life, which was crucial to the development of his lyrical style of prose writing.