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Dyer's Jack London is far more detailed than most biographies of London. It is even more detailed than many biographies written for adults, and this may be Dyer's special contribution to studies of London's life. Using plain English, he carefully explains the difficult aspects of London's life and clarifies aspects from London's literary inspirations to the ailments that caused his death. This makes Jack London a tour deforce, a surprising, robust, and enlightening account that anyone can enjoy, from which anyone can learn. If one wishes to understand the complexities of London's contradictory personality, Dyer's biography is a good place to begin reading. It is considered one of the best young adult biographies on London and is among the best biographies for any age group.

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