John Barleycorn

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The Floating Press, Feb 1, 2011 - Fiction - 278 pages
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Although Jack London is best remembered as a fiction writer who chronicled the power of nature and the American West, he also dabbled in psychological drama over the course of his career. John Barleycorn is an engrossing novel based heavily on London's personal struggles with alcoholism.
 

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Contents

Chapter I
5
Chapter II
12
Chapter III
16
Chapter IV
19
Chapter V
31
Chapter VI
38
Chapter VII
49
Chapter VIII
56
Chapter XXI
163
Chapter XXII
170
Chapter XXIII
177
Chapter XXIV
182
Chapter XXV
187
Chapter XXVI
193
Chapter XXVII
197
Chapter XXVIII
204

Chapter IX
61
Chapter X
74
Chapter XI
79
Chapter XII
88
Chapter XIII
97
Chapter XIV
103
Chapter XV
114
Chapter XVI
118
Chapter XVII
129
Chapter XVIII
138
Chapter XIX
148
Chapter XX
152
Chapter XXIX
209
Chapter XXX
216
Chapter XXXI
222
Chapter XXXII
230
Chapter XXXIII
238
Chapter XXXIV
241
Chapter XXXV
245
Chapter XXXVI
250
Chapter XXXVII
260
Chapter XXXVIII
269
Chapter XXXIX
273
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One of the pioneers of 20th century American literature, Jack London specialized in tales of adventure inspired by his own experiences. London was born in San Francisco in 1876. At 14, he quit school and became an "oyster pirate," robbing oyster beds to sell his booty to the bars and restaurants in Oakland. Later, he turned on his pirate associates and joined the local Fish Patrol, resulting in some hair-raising waterfront battles. Other youthful activities included sailing on a seal-hunting ship, traveling the United States as a railroad tramp, a jail term for vagrancy and a hazardous winter in the Klondike during the 1897 gold rush. Those experiences converted him to socialism, as he educated himself through prolific reading and began to write fiction. After a struggling apprenticeship, London hit literary paydirt by combining memories of his adventures with Darwinian and Spencerian evolutionary theory, the Nietzchean concept of the "superman" and a Kipling-influenced narrative style. "The Son of the Wolf"(1900) was his first popular success, followed by 'The Call of the Wild" (1903), "The Sea-Wolf" (1904) and "White Fang" (1906). He also wrote nonfiction, including reportage of the Russo-Japanese War and Mexican revolution, as well as "The Cruise of the Snark" (1911), an account of an eventful South Pacific sea voyage with his wife, Charmian, and a rather motley crew. London's body broke down prematurely from his rugged lifestyle and hard drinking, and he died of uremic poisoning - possibly helped along by a morphine overdose - at his California ranch in 1916. Though his massive output is uneven, his best works - particularly "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang" - have endured because of their rich subject matter and vigorous prose.

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