To Build a Fire Connections and Further Reading
by Jack London

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Media Adaptations

(Short Stories for Students)

‘‘To Build a Fire’’ was adapted as a 56-minute film with actor-director Orson Welles providing the story’s narration. The film is in VHS format and is distributed by Educational Video Network.

The story was also adapted as a recording, read by Robert Donly and distributed by Miller-Brody.

For Further Reference

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Reesman, Jeanne Campbell. Jack London: A Study of the Short Fiction. New York: Twayne, 1999. Various essays on London's short fiction and London criticism in general.

Sherman, Joan. Jack London: A Reference Guide. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1977. A bibliography of works published about London to help guide students to articles and books written about London.

Watson, Bruce. "Jack London Followed His Muse into the Wild." Smithsonian (February, 1998): 104. A lively short biography of Jack London.

Watson, Charles N., Jr. The Novels of Jack London: A Reappraisal. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1983. A good introduction to the study of London's novels.

Ghosts of the Gold Rush http://www.goldrush. org. April 12,1995. A good site for information about the Klondike gold rush.

"Jack London." Online Literature Library london-jack. June 29, 1999. Contains web versions of over twenty London stories and books.

The Jack London Collection http://sunsite. May 15, 2000. The site includes a biography, audio clips, photos, documents, London's writings, a bibliography and research aids, resources for students and teachers, and links to other sites.

Bibliography and Further Reading

(Short Stories for Students)


Barker, James H. Always Getting Ready/Upterrlainarluta: Yup’ik Eskimo Subsistence in Southwest Alaska, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1993, pp. 13, 118.

Barltrop, Robert. ‘‘The Materials of Fame,’’ in his Jack London: The Man, the Writer, the Rebel, Pluto Press, 1976, pp. 179-91.

Komarnitsky, S. J. ‘‘Grandparents, Child Freeze to Death.’’ Anchorage Daily News, Vol. 51, January 19, 1996, A1, A12.

Labor, Earle, and King Hendricks. ‘‘Jack London’s Twice- Told Tale,’’ in Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 4, Summer, 1967, pp. 334-41.

Labor, Earle, and Jeanne Campbell Reesman. ‘‘The Literary Frontiersman,’’ in Jack London, edited by Nancy A. Walker, rev. ed., New York: Twayne, 1994, pp. 18-48.

Lundquist, James. ‘‘Meditations on Man and Beast,’’ in his Jack London: Adventures, Ideas, and Fiction, The Ungar Publishing Company, 1987, pp. 77-113.

Perry, John. Jack London: An American Myth, Nelson- Hall, 1981.

Sinclair, Andrew. ‘‘The Beauty Ranch,’’ in his Jack: A Biography of Jack London, Harper and Row, 1977, pp. 159-69.

Stark, Peter. ‘‘Death by Degree,’’ We Alaskans: The Anchorage Daily News Magazine, February 2, 1997, G4-G11.

Walcutt, Charles Child. Jack London, University of Minnesota Press, 1966.

Further Reading

Barker, James H. Always Getting Ready/Upterrlainarluta: Yup’ik Eskimo Subsistence in Southwest Alaska , University of Washington Press, 1993. A collection of contemporary interviews and photographs of Yup’ik Eskimos who make their living on the delta of the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers. According to Jack London, the Yukon River was part of the...

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