Posted on January 12, 2022 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Jack London, author of The Call of the Wild and White Fang, was born on this day in 1876.

While the former was decidedly not our favorite book read in school, at least one early reviewer took a much more positive view of the work.

BookMarks has shared excerpts of a 1903 review of The Call of the Wild, in honor of its author's birthday today.

For further reading on London, take a look at Smithsonian magazine's profile of the "short, frantic, rags-to-riches life" of the author.

For more on the historic site it mentions, turn to the Sonoma (California) Index-Tribune's article on Jack London State Historic Park.

And for a splash of the odd, consider this piece from Russia Beyond on why a remote body of water in Russia's Far East came to be called Jack London Lake.

(Some film critics will discourage you, meanwhile, from watching a recent film adaptation of London's semiautobiographical novel, Martin Eden.)

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