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The Call of the Wild

by Jack London

The Call of the Wild tells the story of a dog named Buck, stolen away from his owners in California and smuggled to Alaska where he is forced to work as part of a sled team.  In the Yukon Territory, the gold rush is on and soon, despite cruel and icy conditions, the huge St. Bernard/German Shepherd mix adapts and begins to thrive in the frozen wilderness. 

The Call of the Wild was one of the most read books of the 20th century and remains enormously popular today, securing Jack London’s legacy as one of America’s greatest writers.  

Before authoring the great American novel, however, London began his career in Oakland, California by amassing 664 rejection slips in a row–never having a single one of his efforts published.  

After five years of writing with no success, and having heard the news of gold strikes in Alaska, London traveled to The Klondike in hopes of escaping poverty.  It was there that the story of Buck began to take shape in the author’s mind and upon his return to California, The Call of the Wild was created.  It was the first in a long line of Jack London bestsellers, and made him the highest-paid writer of his time.