Spoiled Children of Divorce

Success Story – Jack London

Jack London is the famous writer of White Fang and The Call of the Wild. One is a story about a wild dog who is taken in and tamed and the other is about a tame dog who becomes wild. You can see the Children of Divorce theme all the place in these themes.

London was born in San Francisco, California to a professional Astrologer and a Spiritualist in the late 19th century.  His birth was unwanted.  His Father abandonned his Mother when she announced her pregnancy.  She had suffered a childhood illness which left her weak both physically and mentally.  She resented London’s presence and passed his upbringing over to an ex-slave.  She remarried and Jack London took his stepfather’s name.  That couple had two children. London was taken out of school at the age of 10 and put to work for 10-12 hours a day.  Eventually he found the Public Library and educated himself.  After owning his own fishing boat and losing it among other adventures, London returned to High School and graduated.  He went to college for a year but dropped out due to financial problems.

London was the most commercially successful writer of his time. He was married twice, once divorced and had 2 daughters. He considered his 2d wife to be his soul-mate.  London was an Alcoholic and a womanizer and he was accused of plagiarizing some of his works.  He tried his hand at owning a Ranch and failed.  Already suffering from Kidney Failure, London either overdosed on his medication or committed Suicide at the age of 40.

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