Jack London's Racial Lives: A Critical Biography, by Reesman, Jeanne Campbell
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- ISBN: 9780820337814 | 0820337811
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 3/15/2011
Jack London (18761916), known for his naturalistic and mythic tales, remains among the most popular and influential American writers in the world. Jack Londons Racial Lives offers the first full study of the enormously important issue of race in Londons life and diverse works, whether set in the Klondike, Hawaii, or the South Seas or during the Russo-Japanese War, the Jack Johnson world heavyweight bouts, or the Mexican Revolution. Reesman explores his choices of genre by analyzing racial content and purpose and judges his literary artistry against a standard of racial tolerance. Although he promoted white superiority in novels and nonfiction, London sharply satirized racism and meaningfully portrayed racial othersmost often as protagonistsin his short fiction.