Nevada Appeal at 150: Nov. 23, 1916: Jack London, famous author dies in California

Jack London, novelist, socialist, reformer and anthropologist, died at 7:45 tonight from uraemic poisoning. He was found unconscious this morning by his Japanese servant in his room at the ranch near Glen Allen. Physicians first announced his condition was serious, but they expected a recovery. In the afternoon he suffered a relapse and failed to again regain consciousness.

London was in the best of health when he retired and his illness is believed to have been due to food eaten.

London began his tempestuous career in San Francisco. His parent were very poor; he ran the streets in his childhood and at 15, according to his account, he spent his pennies for beer instead of candy because he thought it more manly. He was to become a strong prohibition mover in later life.

Among his books are “The Son of the Wolf;” “The Children of the Forest;” “The Call of the Wild;” “White Fang;” “When God Laughs;” and “John Barleycorn.”

This continues the Appeal’s review of news stories and headlines during its Sesquicentennial year.


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