Burning Down the House  Jack London and the 1913 Wolf House Fire

Burning Down the House Jack London and the 1913 Wolf House Fire

Jack London's life was the template upon which Twentieth Century novelists would measure themselves: adventurer, war correspondent, London wrote bestsellers like The Call of the Wild and The Sea-Wolf. In between, he managed to sail his own ketch to Tahiti and run for mayor of Oakland (as a socialist). Jonah Raskin has written an engrossing account of a mysterious fire that gutted the author's showplace hunting lodge--the Wolf House--whose ruins are still a tourist attraction in Glen Ellen that draws thousands every year. The fire left history asking: Who did it? The author? Reactionary neighbors? Or was it a tragic accident? Raskin's lively book will appeal to serious London fans or those who are new to the legendary author. American Legends Publishing, 28 pg. Illustrations, $1.00
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