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  • Published: 20 August 2007
  • ISBN: 9780143039716
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $35.00

The Iron Heel


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'A truer prophecy of the future than either Brave New World or The Shape of Things to Come.' - George Orwell
Part science fiction, part dystopian fantasy, part radical socialist tract, Jack London's The Iron Heel offers a grim depiction of warfare between the classes in America and around the globe. Originally published nearly a hundred years ago, it anticipated many features of the past century, including the rise of fascism, the emergence of domestic terrorism, and the growth of centralized government surveillance and authority. What begins as a war of words ends in scenes of harrowing violence as the state oligarchy, known as 'the Iron Heel,' moves to crush all opposition to its power.
First time in Penguin Classics Includes introduction and explanatory notes

  • Pub date: 20 August 2007
  • ISBN: 9780143039716
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $35.00

About the Author

Jack London

Jack London was born into poverty in San Francisco in 1876. Before his success as a novelist, London spent a lot of time avoiding a life as a manual worker and, in the process, experienced many things that became central to his plots. He ran away from home, bought a sailing boat and became an oyster pirate - a story recounted in John Barleycorn. His best-known novel, The Call of the Wild, was drawn from his own experience of the Klondike Gold Rush, a time that would inspire many of London's short stories as well. London became addicted to writing after winning a short story competition in the San Francisco Morning Call in 1893. It earned London $25, the equivalent of a month's wages. Dozens of books followed - including John Barleycorn (1913), The Call of the Wild (1903) and White Fang (1906). He published an average of three or four books a year. He died in 1916.

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