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Creative Writing: John Griffith Biography - School Essays

Creative Writing: John Griffith Biography



Let me put this heavy load down and take some of these bulky clothes off
and I'll tell you about how I became a short story and novel writer.
My name is John Griffith London. But I like to be called Jack. I was born
in San Francisco in 1876. Most of my childhood I was very poor. I had to help
my parents earn a living by doing odd jobs. I delivered papers, worked on ice-
wagons, cleaned up bowling alleys, helped in the cannery and only made ten cents
an hour. I usually worked ten hours a day. I learned what it was like being a
member of the working-class and I always had a distaste for its drudgery. I
kept telling myself, "Jack, some day you will be rich." I loved to read ...

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law and rob and steal
vessels so I became an oyster pirate.

I had a real passion for the sea and so in 1893 I took a job as a common
sailor aboard a sealing vessel that ventured as far as Japan. This lasted about
a year. When I returned back to the bay area I drifted from job to job.

I told you I liked to wander. I left the bay and headed for New York City.
I went on the road and lived as a tramp. Without any place to stay I was soon
jailed for vagrancy. I spent one month in jail and there I realized I needed to
make something of myself. I returned to California and to school. My reading
continued. Rudyard Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson became my liteary gods
and Darwin, Herbert Spencer, and Karl Marx made me a Socialist. I began writing
while in college but could not find a market for my writings.

In the mid-1897's I joined the Klondike gold rush. I packed 8,000 pounds
of supplies and books to take with me. After a year I became very ill and had
to ...

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