London, Jack

An American writer whose best-known adventure novels are based on his experiences during the Klondike gold rush. His early works, including The Call of the Wild and White Fang, made him the most widely read author of the time. Unable to repeat his earlier success, he died of a drug overdose in 1916 at the age of forty.

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