First serialized in Outing magazine, it was published in 1906. The story takes place in Yukon Territory, Canada, during the Klondike Gold Rush at the end of the 19th-century, and details a wild wolfdog's journey to domestication. White Fang is a companion novel (and a thematic mirror) to London's best-known work, The Call of the Wild, which is about a kidnapped, domesticated dog embracing his wild ancestry to survive and thrive in the wild.
Much of the novel is written from the view-point of his canine character, enabling London to explore how animals view their world and how they view humans. White Fang examines the violent world of wild animals and the equally violent world of humans. The book also explores complex themes including morality and redemption.
This is my first Jack London book and I will follow this with others of his work. I'll try and present on this site as many of his novels, short stories and other works as I can find and that are in the public domain.
This book has been thoroughly proof-read against a 1906 Macmillan edition of the novel. I went word-by-word through the entire book, so hopefully I've not missed anything. I will note that the language of the book matches that of the book I proofed it again, so there may be occasions of mixed American- and British-English, but that is what is in the book, so that is what I produced. This is as close to the original source that I have been able to find, if a more accurate version becomes available, I'll re-proof the book.
I've included the image plates (all eight of them) in the book as well, as I've found no evidence they are still copyrighted. I'll remove them if evidence appears that they are not in the public domain.
Special thanks to SBT
who offered to fix the images and had managed a fantastic job, even got the scenery plates into a condition that they can now actually be included.
Brilliant job mate!
Ver. 1 - 27th August 2012
Ver. 2 - 2nd September 2012
Now includes all the original images.
Cleaned up and resized colour image plates - all are now 800 pixels now.
Includes the scenery images at the start of each part - all are 800 pixels as well.
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