London book club begins with ‘Martin Eden’

Jack London State Historic Park has formed the Jack London Book Discussion Group which is designed by and for people who believe, as Alfred Kazin famously said, that the “greatest story Jack London ever wrote was the story he lived.”

martineden1The series begins Friday, March 21, 2 to 4 p.m., with “Martin Eden,” from 1909. This semibiographical novel recounts London’s early struggles with poverty and his quest to educate himself and become, against all odds, a professional writer.

The group will meet March through November and will be led by two Jack London scholars, Susan Nuernberg, Ph.D. and Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Ph.D. Participants can attend individual sessions or sign up for the series. Books should be available in the museum bookshop.

The discussion group will be held in the Terrace Picnic area next to the Cottage, accessed via the Ranch parking lot. Cost, which does not include parking, is $10 for individual sessions or $45 for all five meetings. Parking fee of $10 is payable at the entrance kiosk. Call 938.5216 for questions or more information.

Talking London

    May 16. “John Barleycorn”

This is the closest London came to writing an autobiography and he not only reveals his stories from his lifelong struggle with alcohol but also the details of his spectacular life.

July 18 & September 19. “The Book of Jack London, Volumes 1 & 2” by Charmian London
Written shortly after London’s death, Charmian wrote these memoirs almost as a love letter to her lost “mate.”

November 14. “Jack London: An American Life,” by Earle Labor
In this much-anticipated and newly released biography, Earle Labor draws from his lifetime of scholarship to meticulously reconstruct Jack London’s stunning life.


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