Jack London and Pulp Fiction

Jack London is another writer who has influenced the pulp novels world, even though he was mainly concerned with writing a different type of literature. Comic books and pulp fiction novels as we know them today had not appeared yet in the time in which Jack London lived but as many other writers of his time, he also started writing for a wide public, in the popular magazines which could be easily said to be much similar to the pulp novels we are used to. The popular magazines were targeted at wide publics and would publish all kinds of stories.

Jack London, or John Griffith ‘Jack’ London as he was known, was born in 1876 and had become one of the most prominent American writers, journalists and social activists of his time. He pioneered the world of the pulp fiction novels magazines and was amongst the very first writers whose fortune was based mainly on his fiction. At the same time, he is one of the first worldwide writers who managed to get international recognition for its fiction novels. His two most famous pieces are Call of the Wild and White Fang, both of which, as well as most of his work, are set in the Klondike Gold Rush to which he had participated.

Many claim that the success of London was also greatly due the timing that he had in his writing career. By the time he began his career, new technologies of printing at low cost were being developed. This meant that more and more pulp fiction novels would have been published as they were generally aimed at wide publics and this public could now afford to buy them. It is estimated that only in 1900 he made $2,500 in writing which nowadays would be about $66,000 and that was only the beginning of his career.