Utah State University Faculty Honor Lectures
The Faculty Association, Utah State University
In November of 1898 Jack London, aged 22, sold his first short story, "To the Man on Trail," to Overland Monthly for the sum of $5. Three months later The Black Cat magazine paid him $40 for "A Thousand Deaths." This was the beginning of a writing career that in 17 years was to produce 149 short stories, not including his tramping experiences which he published under the title of The Road, 19 novels, and a number of essays. If all were accumulated and published, they would fill 50 volumes. Besides this, he wrote a number of newspaper articles (war correspondence, sports accounts, and sociological and socialistic essays), and thousands of letters.
Hendricks, King, "Jack London: Master Craftsman of the Short Story" (1966). USU Faculty Honor Lectures. Paper 29.