A weary journey beyond the last scrub timber and straggling copses into the heart of the Barrens where the niggard North is supposed to deny the Earth are to be found great sweeps of forests and stretches of smiling land. But this the world is just beginning to know. The world's explorers have known it from time to time but hitherto they have never returned to tell the world.
Author of more than fifty books, Jack London, born in San Francisco, grew up across the bay in Oakland. Variously a tramp, a fisherman, a longshoreman, and a sailor, London also worked as a gold prospector and a war correspondent. Among his influences are those of Social Darwinism, Nietzsche and Marx. Although his writings suggest a complexity of ideas, he is commonly categorized as a literary naturalist. His adventure stories of Alaska and the Pacific continue to fascinate new generations of readers. Children of the Frost is a collection of stories set in the frozen wastes of the Yukon during the "Gold Rush".