Family and Friends
© 2006 by Clarice Stasz, Ph.d.
|Flora Wellman a reverse Cinderella story: daughter from a wealthy Ohio family ended up living in a working class Oakland, California neighborhood. Well-educated and determined, she was a strong force behind her son's earliest writing successes.|
|William Chaney was most likely London's biological father. His life was filled with intellectual, political, and marital adventure. American astrology owes much to his efforts.
|John London, Jack's beloved stepfather was a masterful story teller, and taught him to sail and dream of adventure.|
|Virginia "Jenny" Prentiss, Jack's foster mother. This ex-slave was a key emotional support during his formative years.|
|Eliza London Shepard, Jack's step-sister, devoted to him throughout his life, and essential business partner.|
|Elizabeth "Bess" Maddern London, Jack's first wife and mother of his two children. Their unhappy marriage seemed predictable from the start.|
|Charmian Kittredge London, Jack's second wife and "Mate Woman," who accompanied his many travel adventures, ensured his worldwide fame, and achieved recognition for her own writings|
|Joan London, Jack's older daughter shared his passion for political causes and writing.|
|Becky London Fleming, Jack's younger daughter reached old age before she spoke and wrote about her beloved father.|
To be added:
- George Sterling, friend
- Anna Strunsky, friend and co-author