The Call of the Wild

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Grade Level: 9-12
Author: Jack London
Illustrator: Martin Gascoigne
Publisher: Puffin Books, Penguin Group
Publish Date: 2008
Binding: Paperback
Dimensions: 5 by 7 inches
Number of Pages: 160
Item ID: 3094 A3C  ISBN: 978-0-141-32105-9
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Jack London, one of America's most popular authors, drew the inspiration for his robust tales of perilous adventure and animal cunning from the white wilderness of the Far North. This novel captures the main theme of London's work: the law of the club and the fang—man's instinctive reversion to primitive behavior when pitted against the brute force of nature.

Originally published in 1903, The Call of the Wild became an instant success. This 2008 edition has a introduction by Melvin Burgess, a short biography of Jack London, activities, and glossary. This is part of Hewitt's Lightning Literature & Composition, American Literature curriculum (See Related Items below).

From the Book's Introduction: The Call of the Wild is a reminder . . . there is a sense that one day you might wake up and find that the roads have crumbled under the roots of trees, there would be wild beasts closing in on your garden, and 'first friend', sitting by the hearth, would turn and bare his teeth at you, just as his ancestors once used to do.

 

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