The Iron Heel

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The Iron Heel is a dystopian novel by American writer Jack London. Generally considered to be "the earliest of the modern Dystopian", it chronicles the rise of an oligarchic tyranny in the United States. The novel is based on the (fictional) "Everhard Manuscript" written by Avis Everhard which she hid and which was subsequently found centuries later. In addition, this novel has an introduction and series of (often lengthy) footnotes written from the perspective of scholar Anthony Meredith. Meredith writes from around 2600 AD or 419 B.O.M. (the Brotherhood of Man). Jack London thus writes at two levels, often having Meredith condescendingly correcting the errors of Everhard yet, at the same time, exposing the often incomplete understanding of this distant future perspective. Meredith's introduction also acts as a deliberate "spoiler" (the term did not yet exist at the time of writing). Before ever getting a chance to get to know Avis and Ernest, how they fell in love or how Avis became politically involved, the reader is already told that all their struggles and hopes would end in total failure and repression, and that both of them would be summarily executed. This gives all that follows the air of a foreordained tragedy. There is still left the consolation that a happy end would come for humanity as a whole – though hundreds of years too late for Avis and Ernest as individuals; the cruel oligarchy would fall, and the two will be vindicated and respected by posterity as pioneers and martyrs. The Oligarchy are the largest monopoly trusts (or robber barons) who manage to squeeze out the middle class by bankrupting most small to mid-sized business as well as reducing all farmers to effective serfdom. This Oligarchy maintains power through a "labor caste" and the Mercenaries. Labor in essential industries like steel and rail are elevated and given decent wages, housing, and education. Indeed, the tragic turn in the novel (and Jack London's core warning to his contemporaries) is the treachery of these favored unions which break with the other unions and side with the Oligarchy. Further, a second, military caste is formed: the Mercenaries. The Mercenaries are officially the army of the US but are in fact in the employ of the Oligarchs.
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America’s beloved storyteller Jack London was a pioneer of commercial magazine fiction, winning worldwide celebrity through famous novels such as ‘The Call of the Wild’ and ‘White Fang’ and inspiring readers across the world with tales of the Klondike Gold Rush. This comprehensive eBook presents the complete works of Jack London, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 3)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to London's life and works
* Concise introductions to the novels and other texts
* ALL 24 novels, with individual contents tables
* Even includes the rare novels ‘THE CRUISE OF THE DAZZLER’ and ‘HEARTS OF THREE’, often missed out of collections
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* ALL 197 short stories and novellas presented with their own contents table — find that special story quickly and easily!
* Easily locate the poems or short stories you want to read
* RARE magazine articles by the great writer
* The popular travel book ‘THE CRUISE OF THE SNARK’ is presented with its original images of London’s adventures
* includes the special BONUS text of Charmian London's biography "Book of Jack London" — explore the author’s amazing life in the words of his beloved wife
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

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CONTENTS:

The Novels
THE CRUISE OF THE DAZZLER
A DAUGHTER OF THE SNOWS
THE CALL OF THE WILD
THE KEMPTON-WACE LETTERS
THE SEA-WOLF
THE GAME
WHITE FANG
BEFORE ADAM
THE IRON HEEL
MARTIN EDEN
BURNING DAYLIGHT
ADVENTURE
SMOKE BELLEW
THE SCARLET PLAGUE
A SON OF THE SUN
THE ABYSMAL BRUTE
THE VALLEY OF THE MOON
THE MUTINY OF THE ELSINORE
THE STAR ROVER
THE JACKET
THE LITTLE LADY OF THE BIG HOUSE
JERRY OF THE ISLANDS
MICHAEL, BROTHER OF JERRY
HEARTS OF THREE

The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES

The Plays
THEFT
THE ACORN-PLANTER
A WICKED WOMAN
THE BIRTH MARK
THE FIRST POET
THE RETURN OF ULYSSES: A MODERN VERSION

The Poetry
LIST OF POEMS

The Memoirs
THE ROAD
JOHN BARLEYCORN

The Non-Fiction
THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS
WAR OF THE CLASSES
HOW I BECAME A SOCIALIST
REVOLUTION AND OTHER ESSAYS
THE CRUISE OF THE SNARK
WHAT COMMUNITIES LOSE BY THE COMPETITIVE SYSTEM
THE HUMAN DRIFT
THE STORY OF AN EYEWITNESS
EDITORIAL CRIMES – A PROTEST
THE FUTURE OF WAR
MEXICO’S ARMY AND OURS
A LETTER TO HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO.
A LETTER TO WOMAN’S HOME COMPANION
PHENOMENA OF LITERARY EVOLUTION
AGAIN THE LITERARY ASPIRANT
THE RED GAME OF WAR
WITH FUNSTON’S MEN
STALKING THE PESTILENCE
THE TROUBLE MAKERS OF MEXICO
LAWGIVERS
OUR ADVENTURES IN TAMPICO
HOUSEKEEPING IN THE KLONDIKE

The Biography
BOOK OF JACK LONDON by Charmian London


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Publisher
BookRix
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Published on
Jun 14, 2019
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Pages
351
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ISBN
9783736804289
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Satire
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