Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Did You Know? The Call of the Wild

Today, we've got some fun facts about The Call of the Wild and its author, Jack London. Let's see what we dug up.

Did You Know...
  • The Alaska natives called the Yeehat that appear in the book were made up by London?
  • The dog, Buck, was inspired by a dog owned by London's landlords?
  • The Call of the Wild first appeared in 1903 in The Saturday Evening Post? Macmillan bought the book rights and published it later that year.
  • Egerton R. Young claimed the book was taken from his book, My Dogs in the Northland? London admitted using it as a source.
  • London spent a year in the Klondike, which inspired the book?
  • London was an advocate of socialism and unions? He wrote several books and articles in support of those ideals.
  • He worked on a sealing schooner that sailed to Japan? He also worked in a mill, a power plant, and spent time as a tramp. 
  • London spent 30 days in jail for vagrancy?
  • When he was in the Klondike, he contracted scurvy?
  • London died young? He passed away from acute renal colic and late stage alcoholism in 1916 at age 40.
Here's a scene from the 1935  film version of The Call of the Wild starring Clark Gable and Loretta Young.

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