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  1. "The Strength of the Strong"Hampton's Magazine, (New York), v. 26 (March 1911), 309-318. [STST]

    Philip Foner writes that this tale is one of the best parables in American literature. The story was reprinted as a pamphlet by the Charles H. Kerr Co. of Chicago, the Socialist Cooperative Publishing House, and became a classic of Socialist literature. (Foner, Jack London, American Rebel. New York: The Citadel Press, 1947, p. 109.) In a letter to Cosmopolitan (August 30, 1909), London wrote: "If you will remember, some time ago, Kipling made an attack on Socialism in the form of a parable or short story, entitled 'Melissa,' in which he exploited his Jingoism and showed that a co-operation of individuals strong enough to overcome war meant the degeneration of said individuals. I have written my 'Strength of the Strong' as a reply to his attack." (Letters of Jack London, p. 830.) London received $200 for this story on January 28, 1911.

  2. "The Eternity of Forms"The Red Book Magazine, v. 16 (March 1911), 866-873. [TT]

    This story was reprinted as "The Dead Do Not Come Back" in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, 37 (February 1961), 67-76. London received $300 for the story on January 28, 1911.

  3. "A Son of the Sun"The Saturday Evening Post, v. 183 (May 27, 1911), 18-20,45. [SS]

    London received $750 for this story on April 2, 1911.

  4. "The Taste of the Meat"Cosmopolitan, v. 51 (June 1911), 16-28. [SB]

    This is the first of the Smoke Bellew tales. Irving Stone says the series has no literary value and is London's first "hack work." In fact, London had written a good deal of hack work before 1911 and the Smoke Bellew stories, greatly under-rated in nearly all critical appraisals of London's work, are first-rate tales. London said of them "I didn't like the job of writing the thirteen [sic] Smoke Bellew stories, but I never hedged from my best in writing them." (Sailor on Horseback, pp. 296-297.) London's reference to the thirteen stories is probably due to the fact that "Wonder of Woman" (entry 170) was written in two parts. It should be noted that Smoke Bellew is sometimes counted as a "novel" although it is clearly a collection of twelve stories, each of which can stand alone, built around the Klondike adventures of Christopher Bellew. London received $750 for this story on January 30, 1911.

  5. "The Proud Goat of Aloysius Pankburn"The Saturday Evening Post, v. 183 (June 24,1911), 5-7, 33-36. [SS]

    London received $750 for this story on April 12, 1911.

  6. "The Meat"Cosmopolitan, v. 51 (July 1911), 209-222. [SB]

    London received $750 for this story on February 25, 1911.

  7. "The Night Born"Everybody's Magazine, v. 25 (July 1911), 108-117. [NB]

    London received $450 for this story on September 3, 1910.

  8. "War"The Nation (London), v. 9 (July 29, 1911), 635-636. [NB]

    Charmian London says her husband wrote "what he called a picture, or, rather, two successive pictures, entitled 'War,' which he deemed one of his gems; and the story 'To Kill a Man,' which he also greatly liked." (Book of Jack London, II, 194.) Though little-known, "War" is surely one of London's short story classics. An interesting comparison can be made between this tale and Ambrose Bierce's earlier "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." London received £12.12.11 for this story in July 1911.

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