"OPENED A NEW ERA OF
The Call of the Wild
Call of the Wild is the greatest dog story ever written and is at the
same time a study of one of the most curious and profound motives that
play hide-and-seek in the human soul." -Carl Sandburg
FIRST APPEARANCE OF JACK LONDON'S MASTERPIECE, serialized in The
Saturday Evening Post; precedes the first edition in book form.
"On January 26, 1903, Jack London submitted the
completed manuscript of The Call of the Wild to The
Saturday Evening Post. On February 12 the editor agreed to purchase
the story if he would cut it by five thousand words, and they asked him
to set his price.
Jack agreed to shorten it and set the price at three cents a word. On
March 3 he received a check for seven hundred and fifty dollars.
Twenty-two days later Macmillan bought the book rights for two thousand
dollars with a promise to give it extensive advertising... If Jack had
known at the time that his book would become a classic in American
literature, and the royalties from it would have made him wealthy, he
would have bargained differently... The book was a passport to instant
world acclaim. It not only became a classic, but it also opened a new
era of literature. Mush was out, and courageous, raw red-blooded life
was in. The Call of the Wild proved that realism was what the
new generation wanted... The book has never been out of print during the
last one hundred years, and critics still rave about it" (Kingman, A
Pictorial Life of Jack London).
by Charles Livingston Bull and Philip R. Godwin. Complete in five issues
of The Saturday Evening Post. Philadelphia: 20 June - 18 July,
1903. Folio, original wrappers; custom cloth box. Small shipping label
on front wrappers. Mild wear and a few
closed marginal tears; Call of the Wild pages generally fine. A
well-preserved collection. $2200.