Jack London Dog Stories (Illustrated): The Call of the Wild and White Fang
By Jack London
A nice illustrated unabridged collection of two of Jack London's most popular books -The Call of the Wild and White Fang. The text and illustrations are from the first editions published in 1903 and 1906. The cover is from a 1923 poster for the movie The Call of the Wild. The book contains 24 original illustrations.
The Call of the Wild is Jack London's best known book. It follows Buck, a huge Saint Bernard, as he is kidnapped from his comfortable life in California and transported to the Klondike Gold Rush. His abductors sell him to be used as a sled dog for the miners in the North. He slowly discovers his ancient root as his civilized upbringing is slowly eroded by the harsh realities of life on the trail. London drew upon his experience in the Yukon to produce a realistic adventure.
White Fang is set during the Klondike Gold Rush in the Yukon Territory, London's 1906 story chronicles the story of a half-dog, half-wolf beast in the wild. As opposed to his famous Call of the Wild tale of a domestic dog reverting to the wild, White Fang depicts a wild animal eventually becoming domesticated. It is a gripping tale told from the wolf's point of view about the hard life in the frozen wilds of the north. The story concludes with White Fang returning to civilization.
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