10 Interesting Facts about Jack London

Have you ever heard about Jack London? Who is he? Facts about Jack London will inform you about an American author, journalist, and short story writer. Before became an author, he ever worked as gold-miner, paper boy, vagrant, and coal-shoveller. He was born on January 12, 1876, in San Francisco, California. His full name is John Griffith Chaney. Unfortunately, he never stayed with his bilogical father. The Call of the Wild, and White Fang were some novels which made him became famous. The other facts about Jack London will be explained below.

Facts about Jack London 1: Family

Flora Wellnan Chaney and William Chaney are London’s parents. His mother was a spiritualist and a music teacher. Whereas his biological father, William Chaney was an astrologist. They were not married before. That’s why when London’s mother married with John London in 1876, Jack took on his last name. John London was a Pennsylvania native and Civil War veteran of the Union army.

Facts about Jack London 2: Marriage

In 1900, Jack London married with Bess Maddern and had two daughters named Bess and Joan. Unfortunatly, Jack decided to divorce Bess Maddern in 1905. After that, he married again with Charmian Kittredge.

Bess Maddern and her two daughter
Bess Maddern and her two daughter

Facts about Jack London 3: 1,000 words every day

After his step-father died, Jack London started to write 1,000 words every day. He wrote it to support his mother by dedicate himself to professional writing.

Facts about Jack London 4: Jack London’s famous novel

There were many famous novel of Jack London include The Call of the Wild, The Iron Heel, and White Fang.
However, The Call of the Wild was the most famous novel which was
published in 1903. It also made him became rich and famous.

The Call of the Wild
The Call of the Wild

Facts about Jack London 5: London’s mother

While London’s mother was pregnant, Willian Chaney asked her to do abortion. It made her stressed. That’s why London’s mother decided to do twice suicide. She overdosed on laudanum and tried to shoot herself in the head.

Facts about Jack London 6: The most famous short stories

Love of Life, To Build a Fire, and An Odyssey of the North are the most famous short stories of Jack London.

Love of Life, short story
Love of Life, short story

Facts about Jack London 7: Winning the prize

At the age of 17, Jack London won the first prize in the writing contest. Because of that, Jack London had desire to become a writer.

Facts about Jack London 8: Education

Jack London was a student at the University of California, Berkley. Unfortunately, he just studied for one semester due to running out of money. Then, he followed the Gold Rush of the Klondike.

University of California, Berkley
University of California, Berkley

Facts about Jack London 9: Name after Jack London

Mount London on the Alaska-BC boundary, Jack London Lake in Magadan, and Jack London Square Oakland, California are named after Jack London.

Facts about Jack London 10: His Death

Jack London died on November 22, 1916 in California. He died at the age of 40 due to kidney disease.

Jack London's Grave
Jack London’s Grave

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