( 1876 - 1916 )
|* List of the stories
appears in :
- D 95044 : "Hearts of the Yukon" (Lo$ #8b), from 1995, by Don Rosa.
* His biography :
John Griffith Channey was born on January 12, 1976, in San Fransisco, California, but his father, William Henry Chaney, denied fathership and disappeared, so Flora Wellman, married John London and Johnny assumed his stepfather’s surname, London. In 1879, John London moved his family to Oakland, California. In 1891, he graduated as an 8th grader from Cole Grammar School, and worked in a cannery and as a sailor, oyster pirate, and fish patroller. In 1895, he graduated Oakland High School. In 1897, he left school, by lack of money, but also shocked by the fact he learnt that John London isn't his real father, and moreover that his real father still refuses to acknowledge his paternity, and disillusioned with academia, the lack of political sincerity on the part of both the students and the professors...
He then left for Alaska in July, 1897, for the Klondike gold rush, where he struggled to survive, spent winter in cabin in the Klondike, found no gold and suffered from scurvy. But he gained wealth of material for future writing.
Then, he went back to Oakland because of his illness, wrote many books : A Thousand Deaths (1898), To the Man on Trail (1899), A Son of the Wolf (1900), The Call of the Wild (1902), The Sea Wolf (1904), White Fang (1906),...
He married Bess Maddern on April 7, 1900.
He settled in Northern California about 1911 became a rancher, having already written most of his best work. There, he built his Wolf House, completely with native redwood trees, locally-quarried boulders, volcanic rock and blue slate, but it tragically burnt before him to move in.
He travelled a lot (Fiji Islands, New Hebrides, Solomon Islands, Australia, Hawaii, Mexico).
A heavy drinker, London died on November 22, 1916.
* His place in the Barks/Rosa stories universe
In "Hearts of the Yukon", which takes place in 1897-1898, in Dawson City, in the Klondike, he works as the North-West Mounted Police Super-Intendant Sir Samuel Benfield Steele. In this story, he briefly talks to Samuel about the book he's working on, The Call of the Wild.
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