The World of Jack London


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The Jack London Society, Inc., an international non-profit organization that promotes study of the life and work of Jack London, was founded in 1990 as an author society affiliated with the American Literature Association. It numbers over 200 members and continues to grow each year. Membership is open to anyone interested in London.

The Society publishes a biannual magazine, The Call, which features short articles, announcements, news about member activities, book collecting information, photographs, notices of recent publications, reviews, and research notes. It is indexed by the Library of Congress and mailed out in late winter and late summer each year. At the last symposium, Kenneth Brandt, Savannah College of Design, was elected to the Advisory Board. Ken will be taking over editorship of The Call beginning with the Spring-Summer 2006 issue. For more information on submissions, contact him by email

Beginning in 1992, the Society has held a biennial Symposium: in Sonoma, California (1992); the Huntington Library in San Marino, California (1994, 1998); Santa Rosa, California (1996, 2000, 2004), Lihue, Hawaii (2002), and Alaska (2004). The Symposia offer formal papers, workshops, films, and plenary speakers, as well as informal excursions and social events. Speakers include leading London scholars from major universities as well as presentations designed for high school instructors and interested readers. The Symposia are known for their combination of outstanding scholarly presentations and relaxed pace.

The Jack London Society will hold two panels at the 2008 ALA Conference at the Hyatt Embarcadero, San Francisco, May 22-25, 2008. Papers are welcome on any aspect of London's life and work. Send one-page abstracts or completed papers to Jeanne Campbell Reesman, Executive Coordinator, at by the proposal deadline of December 31, 2007. Include complete mailing and email information, affiliation, and paper title. Papers are to be no longer than 15 minutes, about 8-9 doublespaced 12 pt. font pages. Chairs are also sought for the panels. If you wish to propose an entire panel, include information on all participants. The San Francisco ALA meetings are an excellent opportunity for London scholars to visit the city of his birth, and also possibly make a side trip to his ranch and the Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen, California, a little over an hour from San Francisco in the Sonoma wine country. Graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals.

The 9th Biennial Jack London Society Symposium will be held at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, October 9-12, 2008. The Society is presently reserving rooms and space at the downtown Pasadena landmark, the Westin Hotel, with its luxury services, surrounding gardens, inspiring views, and the nearby restaurants, shops, and entertainment of Old Town. The Symposium registration fee of $100 for each attendee ($75 for retirees and students) includes transportation, a luncheon on the patio at the Huntington, and entrance into all Symposium sessions, including the opening celebration the evening of October 10 on the garden terrace of the Westin Hotel. Proposals are welcome for traditional and non-traditional sessions and presentations. Traditional papers on a three-paper panel are limited to 15 minutes. A/v requests must be made by June 15. Deadline for one-page proposals is June 15, 2008, to be sent with a separate sheet containing complete contact information for all participants, to Jeanne Reesman.

Of interest to members, a new journal, Studies in American Naturalism, is now being published.

Jack London Society dues are payable on a calendar basis: $15 students and first-time members; $25 regular; $50 sustaining.

Upcoming Meetings

The Society offers one or two panels each year at the American Literature Association meetings, which are held on the East and West Coasts in alternate years.

For information contact:

Jeanne Campbell Reesman
Executive Coordinator
The Jack London Society
Division of English, Classics, & Philosophy
The University of Texas at San Antonio
6900 North Loop 1604 West
San Antonio, TX 78249
210-458-5133; FAX 210-458-5366
E-mail to Jeanne Reesman.


President: Sara S. Hodson, Huntington Library
Vice President: Donna Campbell, Washington State University
Advisory Board
Sam S. Baskett, Michigan State University
Lawrence I. Berkove, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Kenneth Brandt, Savannah College of Design, Editor, The Call
Daniel Dyer, Western Reserve University
Holger Kersten, University of Magdeburg
Earle Labor, Centenary College of Louisiana
Joseph McElrath, Florida State University
Noel Mauberret, Lycee Alain Colas, Nevers, France
Susan Nuernberg, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Gary Riedl, Wayzata High School, Wayzata, MN
Jacqueline Tavernier-Courbin, University of Ottawa
Thomas R. Tietze, Wayzata High School, Wayzata, MN
Earl Wilcox, Winthrop University
Honorary Board Members
Vil Bykov, Moscow University
Milo Shepard, Jack London Ranch

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