A Daughter of the Snows

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Star Rover House, 1987 - 336 pages
London's first novel, published in 1902, was something of a critical failure, offset, of course, by the success of CALL OF THE WILD just one year later. But A DAUGHTER OF THE SNOWS did establish him as a writer of strong, independent female characters, contrary to other writers of his time. From one of the characters of this novel, after parting company with the heroine: "'Jove!' he muttered, doffing his cap gallantly. 'There is a woman!' And a sudden hunger seized him, and a yearning to see himself mirrored always in the gray eyes of Frona Welse. He was not analytical; he did not know why; but he knew that with her he could travel to the end of the earth." A Daughter of the Snows follows the adventurous heroine, Frona Welse, as she returns to Alaska from school at Stanford. She travels to the Klondike gold rush dealing with the men of the North as an equal. She falls in love with two men and narrowly escapes death in a frozen river.

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Some books by Jack London are enjoyable and classic, this isn't really one of them, but as it was one of the first, you have to let that slide a little bit. Another thing you have to let slide, right ... Read full review

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About the author (1987)

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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