The Call of the Wild (1903) by Jack London


Critical Assessment "The key to London's effectiveness is to be found in his complete absorption in the world he evokes. The author is in and committed to his creations to a degree very nearly unparalleled in the composition of fiction. The resulting go-for-broke, event-intoxicated, headlong wild-Irish prose-fury completely overrides a great many stylistic lapses and crudities that would ordinarily cause readers to smile. . . . "He is an artist of violent action, exemplifying what the American poet Allen Tate meant when he said: 'I think of my poems as commentaries on those human situations from which there is no escape.' [...]