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  1. The Valley of the Moon — Serialized in Cosmopolitan, April-December 1913.

    Book publication: New York: The Macmillan Co., October 1913. Chapters 6-10 of Book Three of this novel form a fictional account of the Carmel colony, which Franklin Walker has chronicled in The Seacoast of Bohemia (San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1966.)

  1. "Samuel"The Bookman (New York), v. 37 (May 1913), 285-296. [STST]

    Charmian London says her husband got the inspiration for this story and "The Sea Farmer" (entry 166) from Captain Robert McIlwaine of the Scotch collier Tymeric, en route from Newcastle, New South Wales, to Guayaquil, Ecuador. (Book of Jack London, II, 174-175.) London, in a letter to John S. Phillips of American Magazine, dated May 26, 1910, wrote: "Why, the material in that story of 'Samuel' cost me at least $250 hard cash to acquire, and 43 days at sea between land and land, on a coal-laden tramp-steamer. Also, it took me two weeks to write. And my wife threw in 43 days of her time helping in making a study of the vernacular, and in writing it down and classifying it. How the dickens I could sell that story for $250 (received on July 12, 1911) and make both ends meet is beyond me." (Letters of Jack London, p. 895.)

  1. The Sea Gangsters — Serialized in Hearst's Magazine (New York), v. 25 November 1913-August 1914.

    Book publication as The Mutiny of the Elsinore: New York: The Macmillan Co., September 1914.


  1. The Star Rover — Serialized in Los Angeles Examiner, American Sunday Monthly Magazine, February 14-October 10, 1914.

    Book publication: as The Jacket, London: Mills & Boon, Ltd., July 1915. As The Star Rover in the first American edition: New York: The Macmillan Co., October 1915. London's working title for this book was The Shirt Without a Collar. Joan London says: "The Star Rover, which was completed shortly before he went to Mexico in 1914, was Jack's last attempt at a serious work. Into this extraordinary and little-known book he flung with a prodigal hand riches which he had hoarded for years, and compressed into brilliant episodes notes originally intended for full-length books. Of all his later work, only portions of this novel and a few short stories reveal the fulfillment of the artistic promise so evident in his early writings. After The Star Rover he made no further effort to write well." (Joan London, Jack London and His Times: New York: Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc., 1939, p. 362.) A later edition of her book was published by the University of Washington Press (Seattle) in 1968 with new introductory material by Joan London.

  1. The Strength of the Strong — New York: The Macmillan Co., May 1914. [STST]

  1. "Told in the Drooling Ward"The Bookman (New York), v. 39 (June 1914), 432-437. [TT]

    London received $100 for this story in May 1914.

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