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.