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By Jack London

Martin Eden no es sólo l. a. crónica novelada de una existencia, también es l. a. de una muerte: los angeles de un hombre a quien ni el dinero ni los angeles gloria pudieron redimir de su destino fatal.» Javier Memba

Un marinero de veinte años, fuerte, guapo y curtido, con un historial de delincuencia y trabajo rudo, es invitado casi por accidente a cenar en un hogar pequeño burgués. Él, que sólo ha visto un óleo en los escaparates de las tiendas, que no tiene ni inspiration de lo que es un lavafrutas, queda fascinado ante lo que sus ojos le presentan como cultura y civilización. «Soy como un navegante a los angeles deriva ?le confiesa a los angeles hija de los angeles casa?, sin cartas ni compás en un mar desconocido. Pero me gustaría encontrar el rumbo. Tal vez usted pueda ayudarme. ¿Dónde ha aprendido tanto?» A partir de este momento el joven siente que tiene «un mundo por conquistar», y los angeles muchacha que lo acoge piensa que debe salvarlo «de los angeles maldición del ambiente en que había nacido» e incluso «de sí mismo a pesar de sí mismo».

En Martin Eden (1909), los angeles más autobiográfica de las obras de Jack London, el modelo de novela de formación se materializa en una narración verídica tan completa y very important que deja atrás l. a. retórica de los angeles verosimilitud. El proceso de su héroe, de «verdadero salvaje» a filósofo del individualismo de tintes nietzscheanos, de tosco trabajador guide a respetado escritor de éxito, es descrito con una intensidad a veces alucinatoria, pero siempre anclada en los angeles realidad de los angeles experiencia, hasta su conclusión fatalmente irónica.

Incomprendida en su momento, Martin Eden ha sido luego lectura obligada e inolvidable para generaciones de escritores en ciernes.

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In recent years, when I wanted to teach Twain again, I turned to the novel Pudd舖nhead Wilson, with its own tangled problems of racial and national masks and masquerades; to short fiction and essays (including perhaps his funniest piece of writing, 舠Fenimore Cooper舗s Literary Offenses舡; see 舠For Further Reading舡), and to The Mysterious Stranger, in which wry, darkly wise Satan drops in on a hamlet very much like the ones of Twain舗s best-known fictions, including Huckleberry Finn. One of Satan舗s messages is close to Huck舗s, too: that it is better to be dead than to endure the ordinary villager舗s humdrum (and very violent) life.

1858 Sam舗s brother Henry dies in a steamboat accident. 1859 Samuel Clemens becomes a fully licensed river pilot. 1861 The American Civil War erupts, putting an abrupt stop to river trade between North and South. Sam serves with a Confederate militia for two weeks before venturing to the Nevada Territory with Orion, who had been appointed by President Abraham Lin coln as secretary of the new Territory. 1862 After an unsuccessful stint as a miner and prospector for gold and silver, Clemens begins reporting for the Territorial Enterprise in Virginia City, Nevada.

In the key instance of Huckleberry Finn舗s 舠hypercanonization,舡 Hemingway wrote these famous sweeping words about the novel: 舠All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn ... It舗s the best book we舗ve had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. 舡 Hemingway舗s other key sentences, hidden in the ellipsis above, are usually not quoted: 舠If you read it you must stop where the Nigger Jim [there it is again: Hemingway舗s phrase, not Twain舖s] is stolen from the boys.

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