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Jack London's Before Adam Battles:
The Media Frenzy Over His
"Most Unfortunate Book"

edited by Vince Emery

It was his dream project. It became his worst nightmare.

After years of study, superstar author Jack London wrote his caveman saga Before Adam, only to be blasted by firestorms of controversy that made him call his dream novel “the most unfortunate book I ever wrote,” the one volume he wished he’d never written.

Jack London’s Before Adam Battles uncovers the untold story—by turns surprising, hilarious, and heartbreaking—behind the worldwide media uproar over Jack’s provocative book.

Your host Vince Emery tells the tale of Jack’s Before Adam struggles and presents 221 news stories, reviews, advertisements, and letters arguing over Jack London and Before Adam. They range from glowing adoration to vitriolic hatred to laugh-out-loud comedy, and uncover the stunning attacks that drove London to despair.

While this book reveals that remarkable story, it also provides a useful reference about Jack London, prehistoric fiction, plagiarism accusations, and the snowballing unintended consequences of media attacks.

Whether you need a reference book or want entertainment, you’ll find both in Jack London’s Before Adam Battles.

Click here for the table of contents for this book.

First edition, first printing limited to 100 numbered copies, signed by Vince Emery.
348 pages. 26 photographs and illustrations.
Trade paperback edition publication date August 21, 2021, $29.95 U.S./$35.95 Canada, ISBN 978-0-9855053-5-6

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