- Jack London (Censorship (Ready Reference series))
- Jack London (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
- Jack London (Dictionary of World Biography: The 20th Century)
- Jack London (Identities & Issues in Literature)
- Jack London (Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition)
- Jack London (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
At a glance:
- Author: Jack London
- First Published: 1908
- Time of Work: The turn of the twentieth century
- Setting: Oakland and Berkeley, California
- Characters: Martin Eden, Ruth Morse, Mrs. Morse, Brissenden, Lizzie Connolly
- Genres: Long fiction, Bildungsroman, Novel
- Subjects: Love or romance, Suicide, Authors or writers, Working class, Realism
- Locales: California, United States, North America, Berkeley, California, Oakland, California
Alfred Kazan observed that “the greatest story Jack London ever wrote was the story that he lived.” Martin Eden is London’s most autobiographical character, and the story of his rise from a waterfront tough to a celebrated writer is close to London’s own, his portrait of the artist as a young man. It begins with Martin, an uncouth sailor, rescuing Arthur Morse from a gang of muggers. When Morse takes him to his home, Martin is awed by its paintings, books, and elegance and becomes instantly enamored of Morse’s pale, ethereally beautiful sister Ruth. Her...
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