New York: The Macmillan Company, 1904. 2 pp undated ads. Original blue cloth decorated in black, light blue and silver.
First Edition, which consisted of 6,802 copies.
Jack was a man who had forced his talent into mining a single, almost exhausted, vein for the market. The publication in 1903 [sic] of his fourth volume of Alaskan stories, THE FAITH OF MEN, showed that his invention was becoming labored, his realism was being overlaid by mannerism, his myths were turning into tall tales. He was imitating his own style and subject matter until they were collapsing like huskies in harness. Only one story was remarkable as a counterpoint to THE CALL OF THE WILD -- "Batard," the grim account of the fight to the death between a wolf dog and its cruel master... [Sinclair]
These tales were written shortly after he returned from Europe, at a time of great personal tension. His affair with Anna Strunsky being over (she was now in New York), he had returned to a new love affair, with one Charmian Kittredge. Jack decided that it would be best to end his marriage with Bess, and separate himself from his two small daughters, rather than to embark on another affair while still married. The two were divorced, Bess still thinking Anna was the "other woman."
This is a near-fine copy, with a little rubbing at the spine ends. Sisson & Martens p. 18; Blanck 11878. Item #14904