Before Adam is the only book I have read by Jack London; I’ve read neither White Fang nor Martin Eden. However, even though I did not know the name of Jack London when I was growing up, I always came across the names of his books in films adapted for children.
Unfortunately, I know that I have seen White Fang and the Call of the Wild, although I do not remember them at all now. However, I liked Before Adam so much that I want to read more from Jack London from now on. Unfortunately, the books to be read and the authors to be discovered are out of control again; I hope we can read books after we die somehow.
Jack London wrote Before Adam in 1906 and is reportedly quite different from London’s other books. Revolving around a young man’s dreams, the story will throw you among the people who lived in prehistoric times and live just like them, sharing their fears and survival adventures. In Before Adam, Jack London exquisitely blends science and literature, and it will appeal to your senses and help you learn new things. Especially if you live in a country where evolution is not taught in high school, the education of children and young people is up to parents.
You may want to leave this job to the books, as long as children and young people do not get bored of reading. At this point, this book may be one of those rare books that will come to your rescue. After reading, I am sure that they will succumb to their curiosity and want to learn and research more. And, of course, Before Adam is a timeless book for everyone, not just for teenagers. Enjoy!
Before Adam: SeaWolf Press is proud to offer another book in its Jack London 100th Anniversary Collection. Each book in the collection contains the text, illustrations, and cover from the first edition (but it is not just a photocopy.) Use Amazon’s Lookinside feature to compare this edition with others. You’ll be impressed by the differences. Our version has:
- All 60 original illustrations. Don’t be fooled by other versions with missing or made-up pictures.
- Text that has been proofread to avoid errors common in other versions.
- A beautiful cover that replicates the first edition cover.
- The complete text in an easy-to-read font similar to the original.
- Properly formatted text complete with correct indenting, spacing, footnotes, italics, and tables.
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60 ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS, Before Adam: The narrator has visions of an earlier, primitive life. His story as one of the Cave People in these ancient times mirrors the story of evolution as he deals with the advanced Fire People and the less advanced Tree People. He also has to protect himself from the fierce Red-Eye and a hungry Saber-Tooth tiger. A beautifully illustrated version of Before Adam.
Jack London‘s full name was John Griffith London, and he was born in San Francisco. After completing grammar school, London worked at various jobs to help support his family. He briefly enrolled in a university and took English classes, for he loved to read and write. However, he was not happy with this formal education and he soon dropped out.
In 1897 and 1898, London, like many other American and Canadian men, went north to Alaska and the Klondike region of Canada to search for gold. This was the Alaska Gold Rush. Although London never found any gold, his experience in the extreme environment of this cold part of the world gave him ideas for the stories he would write when he decided to return to California.
Upon his return to the San Francisco area, he began to write about his experiences. After winning a writing contest, he succeeded in selling some of his stories and in 1900, he published a collection of his short stories, The Son of the Wolf.
Like Stephen Crane, London wrote in a Naturalistic style, in which a story’s actions and events are caused mainly by man’s internal biological needs, or by the external forces of nature and the environment. Many of his stories, including his masterpiece The Call of the Wild (1903), deal with civilized man getting back in touch with his deep, animal instincts.
Among London’s most important books were People of the Abyss (1903), written about the poor people of London, England; The Sea Wolf (1904), a novel based on the author’s experiences as a seal hunter; John Barleycorn (1913), an autobiographical novel about his struggle against alcoholism; and The Star Rover (1915), a collection of related stories dealing with reincarnation.
London wrote more than 50 books and enjoyed enormous international popularity as an author. His exciting, often violent and brutal writing style attracted readers from all over the world and his stories and novels were translated into many different languages. Despite his success, however, alcohol and two broken marriages added to his growing unhappiness. In 1916, at the age of only 40, Jack London committed suicide.
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