London, Jack

Wildly popular American novelist (1876–1916) from the San Francisco Bay Area, best known as the author of adventure books such as Call of the Wild (1903) and White Fang (1907); also an early troubadour of surfing—or as London called it, the "royal sport for the natural kings of earth." As a teenager, London worked as a seal hunter in Siberia and as a gold miner in the Klondike; by the time he sold his first story, in 1899, he was an enthusiastic boxer, swimmer, fencer, high jumper, and cyclis...