Born as John Griffith Chaney on 12 January, 1876 in San Francisco, Jack London was one of the first writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and fortune from his writing. Among his most famous works are White Fang,* The Call of the Wild* and To Build a Fire - a short story that is widely acclaimed as a classic. A novelist, journalist and social activist, Jack was the fifth and youngest son of a canal builder.
As well as his adventure novels, Jack worked as a war correspondent in Mexico. An activist and atheist, Jack wrote 1,000 words a day for 18 years and is widely considered the most popular American author of his time.