The paths men take

Photographs, journals and reportages - Introduction by Davide Sapienza

The paths men take

London, Jack

Editorial Thames & Hudson
Fecha de edición abril 2016 · Edición nº 1

Idioma inglés

EAN 9788869656392
196 páginas
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Resumen del libro

This unique book combines long excerpts of Jack London's literature with a copious amount of his photographs. It beautifully juxtaposes his worldwide famous literature with his incredible photographs, creating a dialogue between the visual and literary arts and building towards a complete understanding of the eclectic and versatile artist London.

Jack London has been a legendary writer of the beginning of the Nineteenth century: famous, prolific, controversial, and revolutionary, Jack London has been one of the most fascinating personalities in the history of US. But this is not all. In his life, Jack London was also a photographer (he would call his pictures human documents) and his camera has been his inseparable companion in his adventures and reportages all over the world. This book, with the introduction by Davide Sapienza, includes a vast selection of his photography reportages, together with his excerpts from his narrative and journalistic masterpieces. These include important landmarks in which Jack London was witness of key events of his times, like the Russo-Japanese War, the San Francisco earthquake, and the incredible Cruise of the Snark. For the first time, a book that focuses on Jack London the photographer, merging his visual report with his narratives to look at a more complete picture of the artist. This book represents an unprecedented look at the writer and his photographic documentation, a fascinating and adventurous journey through the world of Jack London. Edited by Alessia Tagliaventi, it includes 70 black and white pictures by the famous author and incredible photographer Jack London. Raised in poverty as an illegitimate child, Jack London dropped out of school to support his mother, working in mind-deadening jobs that would foster a lifelong interest in socialism. Brilliant and self-taught, he haunted Californias waterside bars, brawling with drunken sailors and learning about love from prostitutes. Full of laughter, restless and courageous, Jack London was one of the most adventurous figures of this time. He ascribed his worldwide literary success largely to hard work - to dig, as he put it. Between 1900 and 1916 he completed more than 50 fiction and non-fiction books, hundreds of short stories and numerous articles. His lust for adventure took him from the beaches of Hawaii to the gold fields of Alaska, where he experienced firsthand the struggles for survival he would later immortalize in classics like White Fang and The Call of the Wild. A hard-drinking womanizer with children to support, Jack London was no stranger to passion when he met and married Charmian Kittredge, the love of his life. Despite his adventurous past, London had never before met a woman like Charmian; she adored fornication and boxing, and willingly risked life and limb to sail and explore. She typed his manuscripts while he churned out novels, serving as his inspiration and his critic. Lover, fighter, and onetime hobo, Jack London lived large and died before he was forty.

Biografía del autor

x{0026}lt;p John Griffith Chaney, conocido como x{0026}lt;strong Jack Londonx{0026}lt;/strong (1876-1916), creció en Oakland. A los catorce años dejó el colegio y pasó su juventud trabajando como pescador, patrullero de costas o marinero a la caza de focas. También sufrió el desempleo y fue arrestado por vagabundear, hasta que se trasladó a Alaska empujado por la fiebre del oro . Allí vivió sus experiencias más duras, pero también las que plantarían la semilla de la escritura. De ese entorno surgen sus primeros relatos y los que le granjearon fama inmediata: x{0026}lt;em La llamada de la selva x{0026}lt;/em (1903) y x{0026}lt;em Colmillo Blanco x{0026}lt;/em (1906), para muchos sus mejores obras. La desnutrición y sus escasas ganancias lo llevaron de vuelta a California, pero no tardó en hacerse de nuevo a la mar. Primero (1904) como corresponsal de guerra y más adelante (1907) con su propio navío, en una expedición que recorrió el mundo durante varios años y que inspiró x{0026}lt;em Cuentos de los mares del Sur x{0026}lt;/em (1911), otro de sus títulos más conocidos. A su vuelta compró una gran propiedad, pero un incendio fortuito destruyó la nueva casa y aquello afectó profundamente a la salud del autor, ya de por sí precaria en aquel momento. Falleció en su rancho de California a los cuarenta años.x{0026}lt;/p





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