The Call of the Wild

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Broadview Press, Sep 24, 2009 - Fiction - 224 pages
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A best-seller from its first publication in 1903, The Call of the Wild tells the story of Buck, a big mongrel dog who is shipped from his comfortable life in California to Alaska, where he must adapt to the harsh life of a sled dog during the Klondike Gold Rush. The narrative recounts Buck’s brutal obedience training, his struggle to meet the demands of human masters, and his rise to the position of lead sled dog as a result of his superior physical and mental qualities. Finally, Buck is free to respond to the “call” of the wilderness. Over a hundred years after its publication, Jack London’s “dog story” retains the enduring appeal of a classic.

This Broadview Edition includes a critical introduction that explores London’s life and legacy and the complex scientific and psychological ideas drawn upon by London in writing the story. The appendices include material on the Klondike, Darwin’s writings on dogs, other contemporary writings on instinct and atavism, and maps of the regions in which the story takes place.


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A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
The Klondike in Reality and Myth
Darwin on Dogs and
Outside and Inside Dogs in the Northland
Instinct Memory Recapitulation and Atavism
Londons First Dog Story
From Letter to George P Brett 24 July 1903
From Letter to George P Brett 10 August 1903
From Letter to Marshall Bond 17 December 1903
From Letter to Karl E Harriman 12 December 1910
From Letter to Frank A Garbutt 5 February 1915
Reviews of The Call of the Wild 1 From New York Times Saturday Review of Books and Art 25 July 1903
From Outlook 25 July 1903
The Plagiarism Issue

Extracts from Londons Correspondence 1902
From Letter to George P Brett 10 April 1903

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About the author (2009)

Nicholas Ruddick is Professor of English at the University of Regina. He is the editor of the Broadview Editions of H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine and Grant Allen’s The Woman Who Did.

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