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‘No Mentor but Myself’: Jack London on Writing and Writers, Second Edition Paperback – December 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0804736367 ISBN-10: 0804736367 Edition: 1st

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Review s of the First Edition:
"Walker has rendered a valuable service in his painstaking collection. . . . The result is a remarkably comprehensive view of London, 'the writer's writer.'"—American Literary Realism


"A remarkable collection. . . . This is a firsthand look at a writer's honest and forthright opinions on his craft."—Los Angeles Times


"This book is a pleasure for anyone interested in London or in the rapidly changing world of writing and publishing in the early twentieth century."—American Literature


"An absorbing account of how hard the writer worked to learn his craft. . . . We find a master prose stylist concerned with problems of slectivity and concrete issues of tone, form, atmosphere, and point of view."—Modern Philology

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Jack London, one of the most read and recognized figures in American literature, produced an immense body of work, including 22 novels, 200 short stories, memoirs, newspaper articles, book reviews, essays, and poems. A significant and revealing feature of London’s literary life lies in his introspective observations on the craft of writing, brought together in this collection of essays, reviews, letters, and autobiographical writings. London’s public role as a daring, carefree man of action has obscured the shrewd, disciplined, and methodical writer whose practical reflections and meditations on his profession provide a vivid portrait of the literary industry in turn-of-the-century America. For this edition, a significant amount of new material has been added.
Reviews of the First Edition
“Dale Walker has rendered a valuable service in his painstaking collection of London’s writings about writers. He has included 43 selections, 20 of which are previously uncollected: 13 essays, and excerpts from London’s two autobiographical works. The result is a remarkably comprehensive view of London ‘the writer’s writer.’”
—American Literary Realism
“An absorbing account of how hard the writer worked to learn his craft. . . . We find a master prose stylist concerned with problems of selectivity and concrete issues of tone, form, atmosphere, and point of view.”
—Modern Philology
“A remarkable collection. . . . This is a firsthand look at a writer’s honest and forthright opinions on his craft.”
—Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (December 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804736367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804736367
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,564,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Sky on December 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've been a Jack London fan since reading "The Call of the Wild" in the 4th grade, and I was surprised and delighted to come across this collection of essays. It offers great insight into the London's development as a man and an author, and the trials that a writer faced in London's day.

London's novels set me on my path to becoming a writer myself. If you're hardcore fan of London -- especially if you're also a writer -- this will be a great read and a natural addition to your book collection.
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