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: A Daughter of the Snows (1902) is Jack Londonâs first novel. Set in the Yukon, it tells the story of Frona Welse, âa Stanford graduate and physical Valkyrieâ who takes to the trail after upsetting her wealthy fatherâs community by her forthright manner and befriending the townâs prostitute. She is also torn between love for two suitors: Gregory St Vincent, a local man who turns out to be cowardly and treacherous; and Vance Corliss, a Yale-trained mining engineer. The novel is noteworthy for its strong and self-reliant heroine, one of many who would people his fiction. Her name echoes that of his mother, Flora Wellman, though her inspiration has also been said to include Londonâs friend Anna Strunsky. It is also notable for a racist sensibility which is also detectable in some of his other work. Welse says at one point: âWe are a race of doers and fighters, of globe-encirclers and zone-conquerors... All that the other races are not, the Anglo-Saxon, or Teuton if you please, is.â Such sentiments were common currency in Jack Londonâs time and he places them in the mouths of characters, not the narrator.