John Barleycorn (Modern Library Classics) (Paperback)

John Barleycorn (Modern Library Classics) By Jack London, Pete Hamill (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Jack London, Pete Hamill (Introduction by)
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Jack London cut a mythic figure across the American landscape of the early twentieth century. But throughout his colorful life–from his teenage years as an oyster pirate to his various incarnations as a well-traveled seaman, Yukon gold prospector, waterfront brawler, unemployed vagrant, impassioned socialist, and celebrated writer–he retained a predilection for drinking on a prodigious scale. London’s classic "alcoholic memoirs"–the closest thing to an autobiography he ever wrote–are a startlingly honest and vivid account of his life not only as a drinker, but also as a storied adventurer. Richly anecdotal and beautifully written, John Barleycorn stands as the earliest intelligent treatment of alcohol in American literature, and as an intensely moving document of one of America’s finest writers. This Modern Library Paperback Classic includes illustrations from the original edition.

About the Author

Pete Hamill is the author of A Drinking Life and Piecework, among other books. He lives in New York.

Praise For…

"Assuredly one of the most useful, as well as one of the most entertaining books ever penned by a man."
--Upton Sinclair
Product Details
ISBN: 9780375757921
ISBN-10: 0375757929
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: September 11th, 2001
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Modern Library Classics