Timeless tales of wolves, dogs, men, and the Wild, "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang" are two of the world's greatest adventure stories.
The biting cold and the aching silence of the far North become an unforgettable backdrop for Jack London's vivid, rousing, superbly realistic wilderness classics. "The Call of the Wild "features a gentle domestic dog driven by the cruelty of man to abandon civilization and return to the wilderness. By contrast, "White Fang" tells the story of a magnificent wolf dog born wild and free who struggles to survive and is transformed from a ferocious beast to a blessed wolf, capable of great, uncompromising love. Each novel is filled with action and suspense. But what makes "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang" two masterpieces of American literature is Jack London's special knowledge of the Yukon and of the behavior of humans facing nature at its cruelest, the fascinating lore of the wolf pack, and the ways of the Wild itself.
With an Introduction by John Seelye
And an Afterword by Michael Meyer.
About the Author
Jack London (1876-1916) was an American writer who produced two hundred short stories, more than four hundred nonfiction pieces, twenty novels, and three full-length plays in less than two decades. His best-known works include The Call of the Wild, The Sea Wolf, and White Fang.
Michael Meyer is currently Director of Communications for the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Between 1988 and 1992, he was "Newsweek"'s Bureau Chief for Germany, Central Europe and the Balkans, writing more than twenty cover stories on the break-up of communist Europe and German unification. He is the winner of two Overseas Press Club Awards and appears regularly as a commentator for MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, C-Span, NPR and other broadcast network. He previously worked at the "Washington Post" and "Congressional Quarterly". He is the author of the "Alexander Complex" (Times Books, 1989), an examination of the psychology of American empire builders. He lives in New York City.
John Seelye is Graduate Research Professor of American Literature at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He is author of a number of books in the field of American studies, including two volumes on the role of rivers in opening and permitting communications between the territories that became the United States.