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Babes in the Wood:
The Lost Stone-Age Sequel
to Jack London's
Before Adam

by George Sterling

In Babes in the Wood, acclaimed poet and playwright George Sterling tells the exciting adventures of two cave kids, a boy and a girl, growing from age 10 to young adulthood in a prehistoric tribe. The young troublemakers face saber-tooth cats, woolly mammoths, and other Stone Age dangers—including their tribe’s short-tempered chief, the boy’s father.

Sterling wrote Babes in the Wood inspired by his best friend Jack London’s controversial prehistoric novel Before Adam. Lost for more than a hundred years, this is the first book publication of Babes in the Wood.

Award-winning literary detective Vince Emery tells the unusual story behind the creation of Before Adam and Babes in the Wood in “Jack London, George Sterling, and Their Cave Man Chronicles.” “How Babes in the Wood Was Restored” explains how Emery pieced together Sterling’s text. This book also provides an entertaining tour of further reading choices for anyone wanting to learn more about London or Sterling.

Click here for the table of contents for this book.

With 17 illustrations by Charles Livingston Bull from Before Adam and 19 photographs;
200 pages.
Trade paperback edition publication date July 20, 2020, $19.95 U.S./$24.95 Canada, ISBN 978-0-9725898-7-1

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