The People of the Abyss

Jack London (Author)


The People of the Abyss is a book by Jack London about life in the East End of London in 1902. He wrote this first-hand account after living in the East End (including the Whitechapel District) for several weeks, sometimes staying in workhouses or sleeping on the streets. In his attempt to understand the working-class of this deprived area of London the author stayed as a lodger with a poor family. The conditions he experienced and wrote about were the same as those endured by an estimated 500,000 of the contemporary London poor. "The experiences related in this volume fell to me in the summer of 1902. I went down into the underworld of London with an attitude of mind which I may best liken to that of the explorer. I was open to be convinced by the evidence of my eyes, rather than by the teachings of those who had not seen, or by the words of those who had seen and gone before. Further, I took with me certain simple criteria with which to measure the life of the underworld. That which made for more life, for physical and spiritual health, was good; that which made for less life, which hurt, and dwarfed, and distorted life, was bad." Jack London

Product Details

Price: $17.95
Publisher: Antipodes Press
Published Date: September 12, 2018
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 5.25 X 0.55 X 8.0 inches | 0.61 pounds
ISBN: 9780999428320

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About the Author

Jack London (1876-1926) was one of the the first American novelists to earn worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from writing. In addition to his wildly popular adventure tales, he wrote some of the earliest works of science fiction, newspaper articles, essays, plays, and poetry. A political radical, he championed unionization, worker's rights, and socialism, and fiercely advocated against cruelty to circus animals.