A radical in everything he did, and everything he thought, Jack London pushed himself to extremes, and, in The Radical Jack London, Jonah Raskin explores London’s fiery personality and his explosive creativity.
In a seminal essay entitled “The Orphan at the Abyss,” Raskin rediscovers the authentic Jack London, and returns him to his rightful place in American letters as the Norman Mailer and the Ernest Hemingway of his day.
In the selections he has made from his massive body of work, Raskin shows London’s abiding preoccupations with war and revolution, terrorism and dictatorship, and illustrates how contemporary he could be.
by Regan McMahon
The San Francisco Chronicle, (Tuesday, June 9, 2009)