Martin Eden: Bibliography of Secondary Sources
The Valley of the Moon: Bibliography of Secondary Sources
A short description of London from The Book of Jack London
Jack London at work
Jack London's Ranch: Photographs is a set of pictures from his home in Glen Ellen, California
Jack London and Wyatt Earp meet Raoul Walsh (pdf format) From Walsh's Each Man in His Time: The Life Story of a Director (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1974, pp. 102-104). Note: Leonard Maltin describes this book as "entertaining fiction with an occasional nod at the truth."
- The Jack London Society Site. Includes The Call, Jack London Society activities, Jack London in the News.
- The Jack London Story and the Beauty Ranch (here in text format) is a fascinating oral history project that includes interviews with Milo Shepard, Sara S. Hodson, Jeanne Reesman, Waring Jones, and Jacqueline Tavernier-Courbin.
- The Huntington Library is the major repository for Jack London's papers and is an essential stop for researchers working on London.
- The Jack London Online collection, formerly at UC Berkeley and now at Sonoma State University, is one of the best author sites anywhere on the web. Containing HTML versions of London's works, photographs, biographical information by noted London biographer Clarice Stasz, a list of Jack London's works by date of composition by Jack London Journal editor James Williams, image files of documents, and bibliographies, it is an essential stop for students and researchers working on London.
- The World of Jack London . This interesting biographical site is well designed and rich in materials not available elsewhere; in addition to many pictures, it includes memories of London by his daughter Becky and by Anna Strunsky, a picture of his typewriter, an account of London's last hours by Russ Kingman, a memoir by London scholar Dr. Vil Bykov, a critical essay on the short stories by Dale Walker, an extensive set of interviews with other London scholars, and a collection of London's nonfiction.
- The Jack London Collection includes screen shots and transcriptions of letters and screen shots of manuscripts.
- This site contains a biographical sketch and current pictures of London's Beauty Ranch.
List of Works Online (Others are available at the Jack
God of His Fathers and Other Stories (1901;
of the Frost (1902; stories)
Call of the Wild (1903)
People of the Abyss (1903)
& Other Stories (1906; stories,
Iron Heel (1908)
Face (1910; stories, including
Build a Fire")
Valley of the Moon (1913)
Star Rover (1915)
Red One (1918; stories)
Book of Jack London, vol. 2, by Charmian London (New York: Century,
Our main meal was at 12:30. This hour better
suited our work and Ranch plans generally. At twelve the mail-sack--a
substantial leather one bought before we sailed on the Snark--arrived
at the back porch, and Nakata brought it to me to sort the contents.
In the half-hour before dinner, Jack had glanced over the daily paper,
read his letters, indicated replies on some of them for my guidance, and
 laid the more important ones in their wire tray, one of many such
nested on a small table beside the Oregon myrtle rolltop desk where he
transacted business. I always endeavored to have his ten pages of
hand-written manuscript transcribed--an average of two and a half typewritten
letter-size sheets--before the second gong (an ancient concave disk of
Korean brass) belled the fifteen-minute call to table. Jack implored
me to be on time to the minute's tick, and attend to seating the guests,
so that he might work to the last moment.
In many minds,
I am sure, still lives the vision of the hale, big-hearted man of God's
out-of-doors, the beardless patriarch, his curls rumpled, like as not
the green visor unremoved, pattering with that quick, light step along
the narrow vine-shaded porch, through the screened doorway and the length
of the tapa-brown room to his seat in the solid red koa chair at the head
of the table. "Here comes a real man!" was the prevailing sentiment.
How he doted upon that
board with its long double-row of friendly faces turned in greeting, ever
ready with another plate and portion! It was his ideal--carried
from old days with the Strunskys'. "In Jack's house," one writes me, "I
met the most interesting people of my life and of the world." And
perhaps, while we fell to our portions, before his own was tasted he would
read aloud newspaper items or newly received letters; or he might launch
out in a fine rage of his eternal enthusiasm, upon some theme that claimed
him, or strike into argument, whipped hot out of his seething brain and
heart. Always there was in him the potent urge to gather all about
him into knowledge of whatever claimed his attention. Years only
added to his capacity to function in every potentiality. There were
no numb or inactive surfaces in his make-up, mentally, physically.
He reached in all directions, to play, to work, to thought, to sensation.
His face, smiling, cracked with thought-wrinkles, weather-wrinkles, laughter
wrinkles.  At no time did he have more than a few gray hairs; and
his hands, to his pride, were very firm, showing no dilated arteries.
"One is as young as one's arteries," he was fond of saying. . . .
Many were more impressed
by his eyes than any other feature or characteristic. . . . They were
eyes that look into one, and through and beyond--as if what they saw on
the surface, in one's own, led his into the deeps behind, into the brain,
conscious and unconscious and far behind again into the intelligence of
the race down through all the drift of the human. Gray, or iris-blue,
they were when mild, the large pupils giving them a splendid, brilliant
darkness; but let him be angry, instantly they went cold, metallic, the
enormous pupils narrowing to bitter points. 
"A Hero to His Valet" by Yoshimatsu Nakata, transcribed
by Barry Stevens (Jack London Journal 2001): 26-103.
After he dressed, Mr. London would start to work. He had a certain way
of writing, and it was the same every day. He has a cigarette in his left
hand and a blunt fountain pen with a wire tube at the end--a stylograph.
He always used this instead of a fountain pen. The idea is that he doesn't
have to watch the nib to see if it is turning to one side. When he is
writing he is always humming something or singing. It is called "Redwing"
[words here; sound recording here].He played that all the time on the phonograph on the Snark, and
at home he still hums and sings it. Then he puffs a cigarette and writes
some more and he does that for twenty minutes and then he gets up and
takes a drink of Scotch whiskey. Then he eats a Japanese fish, the small
white dried fish called creme iriko that they use for bait. He eats that
once in a while and then writes. Every twenty minutes he counts the pages.
he writes so big, I suppose there are a thousand words to about twenty
pages. After he writes about an hour, he begins to count and then writes
about twenty minutes again. About four or five times he does this, and
then he figures he is finished with his work. (36-37)