Monday, January 12, 2009

Happy Birthday, Jack London!

Jack London was born John Wellman on January 12th, 1876. His mother was a spiritualist who claimed to channel an ancient Indian chief and his father was an astrologer, who wanted Flora Wellman to abort the fetus. She refused to do so although she did then shoot herself. Both mother and child fotunately survived. Mom gave the baby to a former slave named Virginia Prentiss who raised him.
Jack London was a hobo, a sailor, a gold-rusher. And in his spare time he wrote classic masterpieces of fiction like "The Call of the Wild" "White Fang" and "The Sea Wolf." He died way too young -- at age 40, but that probably didn't bother him much. This was the Jack London credo:

I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.

1 comment:

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He was an incredible person and an incredible writer, I love his books, they are very deep and profound.