Part collie, part St. Bernard, Buck is a pampered pet until he's stolen and forced to serve as a sled dog. In the Yukon, Buck discovers the primal allure of life beyond civilization, where "man and the claims of man no longer bound him." Jack London's urgent and vivid style, intensified by his firsthand experiences of Klondike life, makes this tale as fresh and immediate today as it was upon its 1903 publication. This splendid hardcover edition features extensive illustrations by wildlife specialist Paul Bransom: in addition to 16 full-color plates, numerous color and black-and-white images include headpieces, spot pieces, and other rich embellishments.
Novelist, journalist, and social activist Jack London (1876-1916) rose from abject poverty to international fame. The bestselling, highest-paid, and most popular author of his era, London created a substantial body of work in his short life, drawing upon his experiences as a cannery worker, sailor, railroad hobo, and prospector. Illustrator Paul Bransom (1885-1979) began his career as a technical draftsman for the U.S. Patent Office at the age of 13. He worked for the New York Evening Journal as a comic strip artist, and his earliest commissions included covers for The Saturday Evening Post and editions of Kipling's Just So Stories and Grahame's The Wind in the Willows.