The Iron Heel: Original and Unabridged

The Iron Heel: Original and Unabridged

by Jack London


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The Iron Heel, adystopiannovel by American writer Jack London, is generally considered to be "the earliest of the modern Dystopian". It chronicles the rise of anoligarchictyranny in the United States. It is arguably the novel in which Jack London'ssocialistviews are most explicitly on display. A forerunner ofsoft science fictionnovels and stories of the 1960s and '70s, the book stresses future changes in society and politics while paying much less attention to technological changes.

The book is unusual among London's writings (and in the literature of the time in general) in being afirst-person narrativeof a woman protagonist written by a man. Much of the narrative is set in theSan Francisco Bay Area, including events inSan FranciscoandSonoma County.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499744491
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/26/2014
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

John Griffith"Jack"London(January 12, 1876 - November 22, 1916)was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone.Some of his most famous works includeThe Call of the WildandWhite Fang, both set in theKlondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories "To Build a Fire", "An Odyssey of the North", and "Love of Life". He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as "The Pearls of Parlay" and "The Heathen", and of the San Francisco Bay area inThe Sea Wolf.

London was a passionate advocate of unionization,socialism, and the rights of workers and wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics such as hisdystopian novelThe Iron Heel, his non-fiction exposéThe People of the Abyss, andThe War of the Classes.

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