Like the celebrated Klondike Tales, the stories that comprise South Sea Tales derive their intensity from the author's own far-flung adventures, conveying an impassioned, unsparing vision borne only of experience. The powerful tales gathered here vividly evoke the turn-of-the-century colonial Pacific and its capricious tropical landscape, while also trenchantly observing the delicate interplay between imperialism and the exotic. And as Tony Horwitz asserts in his Introduction, -When London's stories click, we are utterly there, at the edge of the world and the limit of human endurance.-
About the Author
Christopher Gair is a lecturer in American Studies at the University of Birmingham, and a contributor to the Jack London Journal and other publications. He lives in Cambridge, England. Tony Horwitz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of Confederates in the Attic, among other books. He lives in Virginia.
“He was an adventurer and a man of action as few writers have ever been . . . the excellence of his short stories has been almost forgotten.”—George Orwell