Title: The Call of the Wild
Author: Jack London (1876-1916)
First Published: 1903
My Edition: Watermill Classic
Other Works Include: "To Build a Fire" (1902), White Fang (1906)
London is well-known for not only his novels, but his short stories. Many of his novels and short stories are written about the wilderness and survival in the elements. His two best known works are The Call of the Wild and White-Fang, both of which are on my list.
London's short stories are also staples in class literature. His story, "To Build a Fire" is most well-known. When I was a senior in college, my partner in teaching at a local middle school developed an entire unit around the story.
I have read The Call of the Wild before, as well as many of London's stories, but I can't recall details. The premise of the novel is simple: a domesticated dog is taken into the northern regions (Alaska) and feels the call of the wild and returns to the wilderness. I remember it being a powerful story, but also very condensed. At 137 pages, this is easily a book I can finish in one sitting!