Sunday, September 14, 2014

Jack London's Suicide Note

I am working on a short story (very short - flash fiction) about Jack London. Jack London did not commit suicide. He died from taking two medications at the same time and left a note about his plans for the next day. 
The myth of his suicide was useful for those who hated Socialism and therefore hated Jack London.
Forty years ago I had a discussion with my college lecturer about what Jack London's suicide note would have been like. There are enough indications in Martin Eden and John Barleycorn that he understood despair and fought against it. 
As for the short story (which my iPhone keeps trying to call a 'shirt' story) you will have to wait and see.

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