Jack London was famous for his adventure stories, such as "White Fang" and "The Call of the Wild", but he was also a skilled political writer and social critic. He led a varied and colorful life as a journalist, laborer, fisherman, gold-prospector and even a vagrant. Jack London came to the East End of London in 1902, and "The People of the Abyss" is the result of his investigative journalism that paints a vivid and disturbing portrait. It is both a literary masterpiece and a major sociological study. London posed as a stranded American sailor, sleeping in doss houses and living with the destitute and starving - the record of what he saw there remains as powerful today as it was then. Published to coincide with the centenary of his visit to the East End, this important book is an incredible precursor to the writings of George Orwell, and remains a standard-bearer critique of capitalism.
The new edition includes an introduction by Brigitte Koenig, giving a full contextual background to London's life and work. Brigitte Koenig is a historian specializing in the cultural politics and fiction of the American anarchist movement. She has contributed to "The Encyclopedia of the American Left, 2nd edition", and has taught history at the University of California, Berkeley....Continua