Jack London, Sportswriter

Jun 13, 2013

Jack London with surfboard in Hawaii, in 1907
Credit Jack London Historical Society

The craft and cunning of competition, age versus youth, and “the allure of the game”—these were recurring themes in Jack London’s writing, especially when the subject was sports.

Only once, says Doc Stull, did London’s writing incorporate a scene that could be seen as a team competition—and seeing it that way is a bit of a stretch.

Doc Stull’s talk,  “It’s How You Play the Game:  Jack London’s Timeless Themes in Sports,” will be presented at House of Happy Walls, the museum at Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen Sunday afternoon at 5 pm. For a deeper examination of the earliest accounts of surfing in American literature, read here.