Jack London - The Background of Jack London John Griffith London(1876-1916 was born in San Francisco of an unmarried mother of wealthy background

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The Background of Jack London John Griffith London (1876-1916) was born in San Francisco of an unmarried mother of wealthy background, Flora Wellman. His father may have been William Chaney, a journalist, lawyer, and major figure in the development of American astrology. Because Flora was ill, Jack was raised through infancy by an ex-slave, Virginia Prentiss, who would remain a major maternal figure while the boy grew up. Late in 1876, Flora married John London, a partially disabled Civil War veteran. The family moved around the Bay area before settling in Oakland, where Jack completed grade school. Though the family was working class, it was not so impoverished as London's later accounts claimed. As an adolescent, the boy adopted the name of Jack. He worked at various hard labor jobs, pirated for oysters on San Francisco Bay, served on a fish patrol to capture poachers, sailed the Pacific on a sealing ship, joined Kelly's Army of unemployed
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This note was uploaded on 05/17/2010 for the course GEC 12100 taught by Professor Yen during the Spring '10 term at National Tsing Hua University, China.

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Jack London - The Background of Jack London John Griffith London(1876-1916 was born in San Francisco of an unmarried mother of wealthy background

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