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One particular theme that emerges from London's work is how the artist is constructed.  Martin Eden begins his pursuit of art with a sense of optimism.  Writing can be a way for him to not only articulate his view of the world but can also reveal happiness for him.  As he matures into an artists, it becomes clear that he is alone in the world.  That which accepts him does so on phony and pretentious grounds.  Ruth only accepts Martin because he is a success.  Editors that rudely rejected him now beg for his work only because he is successful.  At the same time, the artist is unable to go to a realm where they are not understood.  Martin can no longer be with the sailors he used to be with because "Too many...

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