John Barleycorn (Modern Library Classics)
by Jack London with Introduction by Pete Hamill
Jack London cut a mythic figure across the American landscape of the early twentieth century. But throughout his colorful life - from his teenage years as an oyster pirate to his various incarnations as a well-traveled seaman, Yukon gold prospector, waterfront brawler, unemployed vagrant, impassioned socialist, and celebrated writer - he retained a predilection for drinking on a prodigious scale. London's classic "alcoholic memoirs" - the closest thing to an autobiography he ever wrote - are a startlingly honest and vivid account of his life not only as a drinker, but also as a storied adventurer. Richly anecdotal and beautifully written, John
|Barleycorn stands as the earliest intelligent treatment of alcohol in American literature, and as an intensely moving document of one of America's finest writers.
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