Brown Wolf and Other Jack London Stories
Jack London
Novels
7:12 h
Level 6
John Griffith London was an American novelist, journalist and social activist. A pioneer of commercial fiction and American magazines, he was one of the first American authors to become an international celebrity and earn a large fortune from writing. Brown Wolf and Other Jack London Stories was published in 1906. "Boys delight in men who have had adventures, and when they are privileged to read of such exploits in thrilling story form, that is the “seventh heaven” for them. Such a “boys’ man” was Jack London, whose whole life was one of stirring action on land and sea. Gifted as a story teller, he wrote books almost without end. Some of them, “The Call of the Wild,” “The Sea Wolf” and “White Fang,” have already been recognized as fine books for boys. Others, volumes of short stories, contain many of like interest, possessing the same qualities that have made the other and longer stories so acceptable as juveniles."

Brown Wolf
and Other Jack London Stories

by
Jack London

As Chosen by
Franklin K. Mathiews


Introduction

Boys delight in men who have had adventures, and when they are privilegedto read of such exploits in thrilling story form, that is the “seventhheaven” for them. Such a “boys’ man” was Jack London, whose whole life wasone of stirring action on land and sea. Gifted as a story teller, he wrotebooks almost without end. Some of them, “The Call of the Wild,” “The SeaWolf” and “White Fang,” have already been recognized as fine books forboys. Others, volumes of short stories, contain many of like interest,possessing the same qualities that have made the other and longer storiesso acceptable as juveniles.

Effort has been made by the editor to bring together in one volume anumber of such stories, not for the reason alone that there might beanother Jack London book for boys, but also in order to add to ourjuvenile literature a volume likely “to be chewed and digested,” as Baconsays, a book worthy “to be read whole, and with diligence and attention.”For my belief is that boys read altogether too few of such books. Orperhaps it would be more correct to say, have too few opportunities toread such books, because so often we fail to see how quick in theirreading their minds are to grasp the more difficult, and how keen andcompetent their conscience to draw the right conclusion when situationsare presented wherein men err so grievously.

It is hoped the stories presented will serve to exercise both the boy’smind and conscience; that seeing and feeling life and nature as JackLondon saw and felt it — the best and the worst in human nature, withthe Infinite always near and from whom there is no escape — seeing andfeeling such things boys will develop the emotional muscles of the spirit,have opened up new windows to their imaginations, and withal add some lineor color to their life’s ideals.

FRANKLIN K. MATHIEWS, Chief Scout Librarian, Boy Scouts of America.


Brown Wolf

She had delayed, because of the dew-wet grass, in order to put on herovershoes, and when she emerged from the house found her waiting husbandabsorbed in the wonder of a bursting almond-bud. She sent a questingglance across the tall grass and in and out among the orchard trees.

“Where’s Wolf?” she asked.

“He was here a moment ago.” Walt Irvine drew himself away with a jerk fromthe metaphysics and poetry of the organic miracle of blossom, and surveyedthe landscape. “He was running a rabbit the last I saw of him.”

“Wolf! Wolf! Here, Wolf!” she called, as they left the clearing and tookthe trail that led down through the waxen-belled manzanita jungle to thecounty road.

Irvine thrust between his lips the little finger of each hand and lent toher efforts a shrill whistling.

She covered her ears hastily and made a wry grimace.

“My! for a poet, delicately attuned and all the rest of it, you can makeunlovely noises. My eardrums are pierced. You outwhistle — ”

“Orpheus.”