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Jack London Journal: An Annotated Table of Contents

For many years, the Jack London Newlestter edited by Hemsley C. Woodbridge was the source of most scholarship on Jack London. After Woodbridge decided to cease that publication, James Williams created the peer-reviewed Jack London Journal to fill the gap. Williams expanded the content to include previously unpublished primary material on London and articles by and about London's time and contemporaries. As is evident from the tables of contents below, no serious scholar of London can neglect this publication.

Unfortunately, access to these journals is not easy. With the regular cutbacks in library budgets, the journal does not exist in full runs or at all in many librabies. To obtain a particular article, the researcher should use interlibrary loan. Another option is to order a back issue from the publisher. This would be most useful for those wishing the full text of Frank Atherton's Boyhood Adventures with Jack London or Yoshimatsu Nakata's A Hero to His Valet.

I have added some annotations to some entries to enlighten those less familiar with London, his contemporaries, and the events of his life. Thanks to Ted Byrnes for volunteering the initial scan of these journal content pages!

--Clarice Stasz


Jack London Journal Number 1 1994

1 Editorial Statement by James Williams

4 The Influence of California upon Literature by George Wharton James [A leader of the Pasadena Arroyo School of artists and writers. He met London at least once.]

26 Jack London as a Western Writer by Susan Ward

43 Perverted Tales by Frank Norris [Fellow California writer (1870-1902) of a naturalist bent.]

60 Phenomena of Literary Evolution by Jack London

65 Who the Hell Is Cloudesley Johns? by Cloudesley Johns [London's favorite correspondent during his formative years and lifelong friend.]

109 The Woman of To-Day and of To-morrow by Harry Thurston Peck

138 Woman's Economic Place: In Reply to the Article of Professor Peck in the June Cosmopolitan by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [Leading economist and writer on woman's issues of the day (1860-1935)]

148 "I Thought at First She Was Talking about Herself": Mary Austin on Charlotte Perkins Gilman by Melody Graulich [Austin (1868-1934) was a famed writer primarily of Southwestern themes, and a friend of the Londons.]

159 The Myth of Androgyny in the Life and Works of of Jack London by Carolyn Johnston

168 Mettle Not Metal: Jack London's Smoke Bellew and the Evolution of Masculine Identity by Susan Irvin Gatti

190 Letters: "That Other Young Writer" between George Brett [London's editor at Macmillan] and Charmian Kittredge London [Jack's second wife]

193 The Doppelganger and the Naturalist Self: by Christopher Gair

215 The Call of the Wild: A Romantic Novel by Jacqueline Tavernier-Courbin

231 A Reader's Report for The Call of the Wild by G. R. Carpenter

233 To the Goddess of Liberty (New York Harbor) by George Sterling [California poet (1869-1926) and close friend of London's, known for his bohemian lifestyle.]

235 The Storm of Applause: Jack London's Oratorical Career by Mark Zamen

268 Human Documents: An Introduction by Sarah Orne Jewett [Writer (1849-1909) best known for her local color writings on Maine.]

273 The Jack London Estate and Big Four Productions by Tony Williams

Book Reviews

301 Franklin Walker, Jack London and the Klondike. The Genesis of an American Writer reviewed by Peter R. Sattler

304 Jack London, The Complete Short Stories of Jack London, ed. Earle Labor, Robert C. Leitz, II, andI. Milo Shepard reviewed by James Williams

To Russ Kingman

[Kingman was an influential lay scholar and biographer of London, founder of the Jack London Research Center in Glen Ellen, California, and of the Jack London Foundation.)

309 In Memory of Russ Kingman by Susan Nuernberg

318 Russ Kingman's All Gold Legacy by Earle Labor

Jack London Journal Number 2 1995

1 Editor's Introduction by James Williams

4 Introduction: The Language of the Tribe by Daniel J. Wichlan

6 The Language of the Tribe by Jack London

10 Mythic Dimensions of "All Gold Canyon" by Sam Baskett

25 Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Herland as a Feminist Response to Male Quest Romance by Aleta Cane

39 Who the Hell Is Cloudesley Johns? by Cloudesley Johns

64 Chasing the Lost Signifier Down "The Sun-Dog Trail" by Leonard Cassuto

73 Jack London and the Art of Waste Management by Peter R. Sattler

81 Editor's Introduction: On The Star Rover by James Williams

83 The Prison Tiger by Jacob Oppenheimer

93 Softening the Heart of a Convict by Jacob Oppenheimer

96 The Case of Jacob Oppenheimer by Ed Morrell

101 The "Solitary" by Donald Lowrie

103 The Ups and Downs of an Anarchist Propagandist by Emma Goldman [Noted anarchist (1869-1940) and friend of London's who did not find him radical enough.]

107 Statement of Ed Morrell Made to Jack London in the Office of Schwartz & Powell at Oakland, California, on the 19th Day of December, 1913 by Ed Morrell

115 A Day with London and Morrell by Harry Golden

118 From Naturalism to Nature: Freedom and Constraint in The Star Rover by Christopher Gair

133 The Cell by James Williams

156 London's Last Frontier: The Big House as Culture of Consumption by Tony Williams

Book Reviews

175 Earle Labor and Jeanne Campbell Reesman, Jack London: Revised Edition by Erica Briscoe

188 The Portable Jack London, ed. Earle Labor reviewed by Christopher Gair

193 Jacqueline Tavernier-Courbin, "The Call of the Wild": A Naturalistic Romance reviewed by Arthur Riss

195 Eugene P. Lasartemay and Mary Rudge, For Love of Jack London: His Life with Jennie Prentiss [London's black "foster mother']A True Love Story reviewed by Clarice Stasz


199 A Tentative, Classified, Partially Annotated Bibliography of Material in English about Jack London for the Years 1993 and 1994 by Hensley C. Woodbridge

Jack London Journal Number 3 1996

1 Editor's Introduction by James Williams

5 How I Became a Socialist by William Morris

9 Editor's Introduction: On Art and the Machine by James Williams

13 Industrial Art by Oscar Lovell Triggs

21 The Art and Craft of the Machine by Frank Lloyd Wright

35 Editor's Introduction: On Jack London's "The House Beautiful" by James Williams

37 The House Beautiful by Jack London

43 Stone Hearths and Marble Babies: Jack London and the Domestic Ideal by Susan Irvin Gatti

57 Jack London on Elbert Hubbard: From "Splendid Character" to Cad by Bruce White

67 Heart-to-Heart Talks with Philistines by the Pastor of His Flock by Elbert Hubbard

74 So Here Then Is a Little Journey to the Home of Joaquin Miller by Elbert Hubbard

82 Editor's Introduction: On Miller and Mulford by Margaret Guilford- Kardell

83 Prentice Mulford: Incidents in the Career of a True Californian by Joaquin Miller

88 Prehistory as Posthistory: The Socialist Science Fiction of Jack London by Bennett Lovett-Graff

105 The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Motif in Jack London's Science Fiction: Formula and Intertextuality in "When the World Was Young" by Per Serritslev Petersen

117 London's Developing Conceptions of Masculinity by Lawrence I. Berkove

127 Jack London and Carl G. Jung: An Alternative Reading by Tony Williams

146 Jack London's Delayed Discovery of Fatherhood by Clarice Stasz

162 Joan London to Jack London: A Selection of Letters

169 Who the Hell Is Cloudesley Johns? by Cloudesley Johns

Interviews with Jack London

189 The Pessimism of Jack London by Emanuel Julius

192 Novelist Explains Hop Riots

192 John Barleycorn's Sister Jane of New York Only a Sporadic Type, Says Jack London by Marguerite Mooers Marshall

199 Is Jack London a Capitalist? No! But Is Certainly "Magnifique, by Gosh!" by Sophie Treadwell


Jack London Journal Number 4 1997

This issue is devoted to the full text of a previously unpublished manuscript, the memoir of one of Jack's childhood friends, Frank Atherton, of a family much poorer than Jack's. Atherton later thanked Jack for introducing him to culture, for he became a musician and music teacher. This charming memoir, with its hints of the two being like Peck's Bad Boys, richly illustrates life for working class children of the late 1800s. As some chapter titles imply, it also expresses the boys' anti-Chinese feeling common to Anglo heritage Californians of the day. It is also the best source for details about the London family.

1 Editor's Introduction by James Williams

3 Introduction: Frank Atherton's Life of Jack London by Mark E. Zamen

Jack London in Boyhood Adventures by Frank Irving Atherton

16 Chapter 1: School days. Cole School, Oakland, California. 1886-87

20 Chapter 2: Various Amusements, Boyish Pranks, and How Jack London Became My Chum

23 Chapter 3: Jack's First Visit, and Plans for Future Association

26 Chapter 4 : My Introduction into the London Home. Humble Surroundings, Plain Food, and True Hospitality

32 Chapter 5: Slingshots in School and Elsewhere. Continued Visits. Telling Stories. Planning Future Careers

26 Chapter 6: We Go Fishing. Mr. London Relates Thrilling Experiences in Combat with Young Gangsters. We Visit Johnny Heinold, of the Last Chance Saloon

42 Chapter 7: A Precarious Venture into the Marshlands

49 Chapter 8: Exciting Panic at Cole School. Jack Has Combative Encounter with Young Hoodlums

50 Chapter 9: Hunting Ducks, and Shooting Mud Hens. Dealings with a Chinaman. Plans for Hunting Wildcats with Slingshots

54 Chapter 10: Our Hunting Trip in the Piedmont Hills

59 Chapter 11: Continued Hunting Trips. Futile Results. Playing Tricks on the Chinese. A Visit to "Ghostland"

63 Chapter 12: Detective Work, and the Acquisition of Fire Arms

69 Chapter 13: Hunting Foul with Pistols. Jack Loses His Pistol in the Estuary. Heated Argument Leads to Quarrel. Jack Throws the Oars Overboard. Difficulties in Returning to Shore

74 Chapter 14: Leaving School to Work. Infrequent Visits. Spiritualism. Jaunts along the Waterfront. A Shakespearean Play.

78 Chapter 15: My Removal from Oakland. Plans for Summer Vacation

83 Chapter 16: Jack Spends a Month in the Mountains. Various Diversions.

88 Chapter 17: Foraging Fruit. Frightful Adventure with an Irate Farmer. Jack's Narrow Escape from Death

92 Chapter 18: New Paths of Adventure. Rolling Giant Boulders. Demolition of a Chinaman's Cabin, and How He Blamed It to an Earthquake

98 Chapter 19: Swimming in Forbidden Waters. A Wild Adventure with an Infuriated Mountaineer. Sunburn and Ant Bites

105 Chapter 20: Jack's Convalescence, and the Great Milk Feast. Jack Returns to Oakland. My job in the Mountains, and Subsequent Return to Oakland

110 Chapter 21: My Welcome at the London Home. Another Fishing Trip

115 Chapter 22: Boating on the Bay with Jack. The "Haunted" Ship, and Our Huge Joke on the Superstitious Sea Dogs

118 Chapter 23: Boating in a Light Skiff on a Rough Bay

122 Chapter 24: Jack Visits Me in San Jose. An Exciting Invasion of Chinatown

125 Chapter 25: Visiting Jack in Oakland. Jack Turns Oyster Pirate. Mrs. London's Strange Presentiment. The Sad Loss of Jack's Dog, Shep

131 Chapter 26: Jack Deserts His Tough Companions, and Goes to Sea. Upon His Return, He Visits Me at Los Gatos. Jack Returns to Oakland; Seeks Employment, then Takes to the Road

134 Chapter 27: Returning from Tramp East, Jack Enters High School. An Evening at the Tivoli Opera House. Visiting the Bella Union Theatre, and Barbary Coast

141 Chapter 28: Another Night in "Frisco." The Tivoli Opera House, and the Barbary Coast. We Do Not Bear Witness to Crime

145 Chapter 29: A Long Ride on Bicycles. A Night of Dissipation. True Hospitality of a Portuguese Woman

150 Chapter 30: Jack Abandons Hope of Continuing His Career, and through Dire Necessity Takes a job in Belmont Laundry

155 Chapter 31: Jack Quits Laundry job, and Goes to Alaska. A Year Later He Returns Penniless, Only to Learn That During His Absence, His Dear Old Stepfather Had Passed Away

159 Chapter 32: Jack London Seeks Employment. Hard Times. New Hopes. Literary Attempts; Rejections. His Mental Sickness, and Contemplation of Suicide. The Turning Point. Renewed Aspirations, and His Great Struggle, Ultimate Success. Jack London as Best Man

163 Chapter 33: Continued Association. Various Incidents. "The Bungalow," in Piedmont Hills. The House on Telegraph Avenue. Swimming, Boxing, and Various Amusements. Jack Sails for the Orient

169 Chapter 34: Visits in the "Valley of the Moon." Our Last Visit. The Parting of Our Ways

Book Reviews

173 Writing Americans: Author, Race, Nation, 1865-1910; Reviews of Jonathan Auerbach, Male Call: Becoming Jack London; Sara Blair, Henry James and the Writing of Race and Nation; and Bill Brown, The Material Unconscious: American Amusement, Stephen Crane, and the Economies of Play reviewed by Christopher Gair.


198 A Tentative, Annotated, and Classified Bibliography of Jack London Studies in English for 1995by Hensley C. Woodbridge

Jack London Journal Number 5 1998

1 Editor's Introduction by James Williams

5 The Iron Heel. How Not to Write A Popular Novel by Erica Briscoe

38 How to Read a Revolutionary Novel: The Iron Heel by John Whalen-Bridge

54 Note on Eugene V. Debs's Eulogy for Jack London by Andrew J. Furer

65 Jack London by Eugene V. Debs

67 Jack London Sees Physical Culture Boom in Holy Jumper Stunts by Jack London

72 Jack London, Bernarr Macfadden, and the Crime of Weakness by Andrew J. Furer

80 Marketing Health: Selling Bodies, Health, and Morals by Lisa Grunberger

112 Who the Hell Is Cloudesley Johns? by Cloudesley Johns

The Jack London Promotional Booklets

136 Introduction by James Williams

141 Rudyard Kipling Sends Criticism of Jack London to Capt. Boyes from the Sonoma Index-Tribune

142 Autobiography of the Week by T. P. O Connor

142 In the Days of My Youth: Chapters of Autobiography by Jack London

147 Jack London: A Sketch of His Life and Work by The Macmillan Company

151 Jack London: Who He Is and What He Has Done by The Macmillan Company

157 Jack London: By Himself by The Macmillan Company

161 Jack London. The Author with the Sales by The Mills and Boon Company

163 Jack London and His Work. A Sketch of the Life of the Author of "The Star Rover" The Macmillan Company

New Ventures in Biography

168 Bessie: The First Mrs. Jack London by Jacqueline Tavernier-Courbin

219 Charmian London, Eliza Shepard, and the Jack London Biographers: Misjudgments, Misunderstandings, and Malice by Clarice Stasz

Book Reviews

241 Christopher Gair, Complicity and Resistance in Jack London's Novels: From Naturalism to Nature reviewed by Ian F. A. Bell

248 Jack London, The Call of the Wild, ed. Daniel Dyer reviewed by James Williams

Jack London Journal Number 6 1999

1 Editor's Introduction by James Williams

4 Cherryby Jack London

77 Cherry's Conclusion? by Tony Williams

93 Cherry, the Unfinished Last Novel of Jack London by Haruo Furukawa

113 Story of a Typhoon off the Coast of Japan by Jack London

125 Editorial Columns from The Mid-Pacific Magazine by Alexander Huish

128 A Creator of Pacific Literature: Profile of Jack London from The Mid-Pacific Magazine

130 Pacific Personalities: The Mate of the Snark [Charmian London] from The Mid-Pacific Magazine

132 The Hands around the Pacific Movement: The Ideals of the Hands around the Pacific Club by Percy Hunter

135 Marching with "the Censor": The Japanese Army and Jack London, Author by Jeanne Campbell-Reesman

175 The Indignity of Labor: Jack London's Adventure and Plantation Labor in the Solomon Islands by Lawrence Phillips

206 Who the Hell Is Cloudesley Johns? by Cloudesley Johns

Jack London Journal Number 7 2000

This issue features the long lost oral history of Yoshimatsu Nakata, who was Jack's personal servant for nine years after being hired as part of the Snark crew in 1907. After leaving the London household, Nakata became a dentist in Hawaii. In the late 1930s, psychologist Barry Stevens interviewed him and prepared the book-length account. She also had a brief meeting with Sekine, who was London's valet the final months of his life, and included these in the manuscript. This account provides new and surprising information about both Jack and Charmian London.

1 Editor's Introduction James Williams

4 Foreword to A Hero to His Own Valet by Clarice Stasz

9 Nakata: Son of Jack London by Barry Stevens

26 A Hero to His Own Valet by Yoshimatsu Nakata

Book Review

104 A Jack London in the 1990s: Review of Rereading Jack London, ed. Jeanne Campbell Reesman and Leonard Cassuto by John Whalen-Bridge

Remembering Hensley Woodbridge

113 Clarice Stasz

115 Tony Williams