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Jack London

Jack London, born John Griffith Chaney, began life poor and fatherless. His surname changed to London when his mother married. A natural rebel and adventurer, his restless spirit led him around the world, where he worked at jobs as varied as sailor, oyster pirate, gold miner, war correspondent, and rancher. He began writing in earnest after his return to California from the Klondike in 1898. By the age of 29, London was the most popular and highly paid author in the United States. A socialist, London used his writing to fight social injustice.