The Call of the Wild
The Macmillan Company
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First edition, first issue of one of the best-loved works of American literature, in scarce original dust jacket.
Jack London’s animal fiction has captured the hearts and imaginations of generations of Americans. A socialist, animal activist, and eugenicist, London was a complex man who participated in unemployment protests and the Alaskan Gold Rush. The working dogs of Alaska clearly left an impression on him, leading to several pieces of canine literature, the most famous of which is Call of the Wild.
Published in 1903, Call of the Wild hit the shelves in the second year of Teddy Roosevelt’s presidency; Americans were hungry for the outdoors and red-blooded adventure stories. With its narrative of civilization pitted against instinct, the title was enthusiastically received by critics, and was an immediate hit. Brooklyn Daily Eagle reviewers note that London “does not make the mistake of endowing his [dog] hero with superhuman qualities of intelligence and cunning,” praising his handling of the plot as “strikingly novel." A true classic, in remarkable condition.
Blanck, Bibliography of American Literature (BAL), 11876.
Dust jacket with a bit of chipping to spine head, not affecting title; two small spots of soil to front panel.
Binding with mild edgewear, corners and spine ends lightly bumped; leaves with occasional tiny spots of soil.
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