Jack London and the Klondike Rush

Author: Peter Lourie

Swept up in the Gold Rush of 1897, young Jack London headed north to strike it rich in the Klondike and discovered something more precious than gold--the seeds of the stories that would flower into his classic novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang , and timeless short stories such as "To Build A Fire." This gripping tale follows London as he treks up the ruthless Chilkoot Trail, braves the lethal Whitehorse Rapids, survives a bad case of scurvy, and conquers many more dangers of the Yukon during his quest for gold. Punctuated by stunning black-and-white art by Wendell Minor and illustrative photographic material, here is the compelling story of how one writer drew upon a rugged life of adventure to create works of literature.