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1906

  1. "A Nose for the King"The Black Cat, v. 11 (March 1906), 1-6. [WGL]

    "It may interest you that I've won a Black Cat prize — a minor prize, for it was a skit, written, typed, and sent off in one day," London wrote to George Brett on December 8, 1904 (Letters of Jack London, p. 456.) He wrote Cloudesley Johns that the story of Yi Chin Ho was told him by a Korean. (Book of Jack London, II, 13.) London originally titled this story "The Nose". He received $350 for it on December 15, 1904.


  1. White Fang — Serialized in The Outing Magazine, May-October, 1906.

    Book publication: New York: The Macmillan Co., October 1906. A good appraisal of this novel is "Le Milieu, Le Moment, La Race: Literary Naturalism in Jack London's White Fang," by Earl Wilcox. (Jack London Newsletter [Carbondale, Illinois], May-August, 1970), pp. 42-55. See also Earl Labor, "Jack London's Mondo Cane: The Call of the Wild and White Fang," in Jack London Newsletter, (July-December, 1967), pp. 2-13.


  1. "Planchette"Cosmopolitan Magazine, v. 41 (June 1906), 122, 157-165, v. 41 (July 1906), 259-266; v. 41 (August 1906), 378-386. [MF]

    Maxwell Geismar says this story was "another egocentric self-portrait," and that it is "interesting as personal history which was probably based on the break-up of his first marriage." See Geismar's Rebels and Ancestors: The American Novel, 1890-1915 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1953), p. 180. A planchette is the triangular pointer used on a Ouija board. London received $1,573 for this story on April 15, 1906.

  2. "The Unexpected"McClure's Magazine, v. 27 (August 1906), 368-382; Blackwood's Magazine, v. 180 (August 1906), 164-180. [LL]

    In a letter (August 2, 1906) to the editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, London defends this story's basis in fact. The author said it was based on a newspaper story from the San Francisco Examiner of October 14, 1900 — an account of a double murder committed by one Michael Dennin and of Dennin's subsequent hanging at the hands of Mr. and Mrs. Hans Nelson. London used these names in the story. (Jack London and the Klondike, pp. 242-245; Letters of Jack London, pp. 598-599.) London received $655 for this story on May 26, 1905.

  3. "Brown Wolf"Everybody's Magazine, (New York), v. 15 (August 1906), 147-156. [LL]

    Charmian London says she suggested the idea for this story, based on London's own Alaskan wolf-dog "Brown," whose former master was a Klondiker. (Book of Jack London. II, 27-28.) London received $750 for this story on April 24, 1906.

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