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: Jack London was an American author, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction, he 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 include The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories âTo Build a Fireâ, âAn Odyssey of the Northâ, and âLove of Lifeâ. He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as âThe Pearls of Parlayâ and âThe Heathenâ, and of the San Francisco Bay area in The Sea Wolf. London was part of the radical literary group, âThe Crowdâ, in San Francisco, and a passionate advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers. He wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics, such as his dystopian novel The Iron Heel, his non-fiction exposÃ© The People of the Abyss, and The War of the Classes.