Northland Stories, by Jack London

Penguin, 1996

Written shortly after Jack London's return from the goldfields of the Klondike in 1898, these stories bring to life the harrowing hardships and rugged codes of behavior by which men defined themselves in the lawless wilderness. Like the characters in the popular dime novels of the time, London's heroes display such manly virtues as courage, loyalty, and steadfastness as they confront the merciless frozen expanses of the north. Yet London breaks free of stereotypical figures and one-dimensional plots to explore deeper psychological and social questions of self-mastery, masculinity, and racial domination. Northland Stories comprises nineteen of Jack London's greatest short works.