Martin Eden by Jack LondonMartin Eden by Jack London

Martin Eden

byJack LondonIntroduction byAndrew Sinclair

Paperback | February 1, 1994

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The semiautobiographical Martin Eden is the most vital and original character Jack London ever created. Set in San Francisco, this is the story of Martin Eden, an impoverished seaman who pursues, obsessively and aggressively, dreams of education and literary fame. London, dissatisfied with the rewards of his own success, intended Martin Eden as an attack on individualism and a criticism of ambition; however, much of its status as a classic has been conferred by admirers of its ambitious protagonist. Andrew Sinclair's wide-ranging introduction discusses the conflict between London's support of socialism and his powerful self-will. Sinclair also explores the parallels and divergences between the life of Martin Eden and that of his creator, focusing on London's mental depressions and how they affected his depiction of Eden.

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Jack London (1876–1916) was born John Chaney in Pennsylvania, USA. In 1896 he was caught up in the gold rush to the Klondike river in north-west Canada, which became the inspiration for The Call of the Wild (1903) and White Fang (1906). Jack London became one of the most widely read writers in the world.
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Title:Martin EdenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 7.7 × 5 × 0.8 inPublished:February 1, 1994Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140187723

ISBN - 13:9780140187724

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from very beautiful, thoughtful book I've read Jack London books before, and my favourite ones are the Sea Wolf and this book: Martin Eden. It is very different from everything else he wrote, and is very psychological. The characterization is amazing in this book. The character has memories, associations, and is very accurate psychologically. He is also very likeable and becomes very real and living from the beginning. If you like Jack London, or if you like books that are very character-based, read this book, it's really great.
Date published: 2005-08-29

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Set in San Francisco, this is the story of Martin Eden, an impoverished seaman who pursues, obsessively and aggressively, dreams of education and literary fame. London, dissatisfied with the rewards of his own success, intended Martin Eden as an attack on individualism and a criticism of ambition; however, much of its status as a classic has been conferred by admirers of its ambitious protagonist.

Editorial Reviews

Martin Eden is assuredly one of Jack London’s greatest works.”—Upton Sinclair