The Complete Edition of " John Barleycorn - Jack London ". (Annotated), With detailed Biography.
This book is London's experiences with the drink or as he personifies it throughout the memoir.
Used in Alcholics Anonymous clinics in America, it's said that the sobering message London focuses on most is the way alcohol ends lives.
He begins the book in his present where he has just that day voted for prohibition of alcohol. He says that although his experiences of the drug are many, he fears that it ultimately brings too much grimness and death to those who drink it for it to be available for the next generation. Written in 1913, 3 years before the author's death,
Jack London didn't live long enough to see prohibition become enforced and then fail dismally never to return. However, the feeling throughout the book is a conflicting sentiment of jollity, high spirits, and adventure that he also associates with alcohol.
Author's Biography :
John Griffith "Jack" London (born John Griffith Chaney, January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone.
Some of his most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories "To Build a Fire", "An Odyssey of the North", and "Love of Life". He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as "The Pearls of Parlay" and "The Heathen", and of the San Francisco Bay area in The Sea Wolf.
London was part of the radical literary group "The Crowd" in San Francisco and a passionate advocate of unionization,socialism, and the rights of workers. He wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics, such as his dystopian novel The Iron Heel, his non-fiction exposé The People of the Abyss, and The War of the Classes.
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