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|White Fang (1906), which London conceived as a complete antithesis and companion piece to The Call of the Wild, is the tale of an abused wolf-dog tamed by exposure to civilization. Also included in this volume is To Build a Fire, a marvelously desolate short story set in the Klondike, but containing all the elements of a classic Greek tragedy.
The quintessential Jack London is in the on-rushing compulsive-ness of his northern stories, noted James Dickey. Few men have more convincingly examined the connection between the creative powers of the individual writer and the unconscious drive to breed and to survive, found in the natural world. . . . London is in and committed to his creations to a degree very nearly unparalleled in the composition of fiction.