THE STAR ROVER. Jack London.


New York: The Macmillan Company, 1915. 10 pp undated ads. Original light blue cloth decorated in dark blue and white.

First American Edition, published about two months after the English one titled THE JACKET. This was written in 1914, not long after Jack's almost-completed "Wolf House" burned down (probably at the hand of an arsonist), and also not long after he had had a parting of the ways with his daughter Joan, who had been raised by his ex-wife Bess all these years. Doctors were now prescribing morphine, belladonna, heroin and strychnine to kill the unceasing pain of Jack's kidneys and bladder, and to stimulate his bladder to get rid of the toxins his kidneys could not handle.~The White Logic of alcohol was replaced by the beatitudes of morphine. 'I love to dream,' he told Charmian. 'It seems to me that my life is doubled by the amount of dreaming I do every night.'... [THE STAR ROVER] praised the triumph of the spirit over the torments of the body, and it signaled Jack's escape from his physical pain through drugs.~The protagonist of THE STAR ROVER is a professor of agronomy imprisoned for murder, who~is an incorrigible prisoner and spends most of his days in a straitjacket; but he keeps on taunting his warders to pull the jacket even tighter, to increase the torment. He uses the agony to induce a trance, during which his spirit seems to leave his body and travel back through time to its previous existences... It was an ambitious novel, and a return to the mythological underlayer of Jack's best work. [Sinclair]~This is a very good-plus, bright copy of this attractively-bound book (rear endpaper cracked, a small front cover scratch). Sisson & Martens p. 84; Blanck 11963. Item #13761

Price: $325.00

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