Jonah Raskin talks about The Radical Jack London. He lays out the social, economic, and political context for London's writings and shows him to be America’s leading revolutionary writer at the turn of the twentieth century.
Raskin is the author of American Scream: Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and The Making of the Beat Generation- Book Passage
Jonah Raskin is the author of The Radical Jack London. He left an East Coast university teaching position to participate in the 1970s radical counterculture as a free-lance journalist, returned to the academy in California in the 1980s to write probing studies of Abbie Hoffman and Allen Ginsberg, and reviews of northern California writers whom he styled as "natives, newcomers, exiles and fugitives."
Beginning as a lecturer in English at Sonoma State University in 1981, he moved to chair of the Communications Studies Department from 1988 to 2007, while serving as a book reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
Jonah Raskin relates the fame and notoriety Jack London enjoyed during his short life.
London was quoted saying he'd rather "burn than rot" Raskin brings up the eternal question of the rabbit and turtle, wondering whether London's short, hard life was more productive than a easy, long one.
Jack London scholar Jonah Raskin finds dualities in nearly every aspect of London's life.
He finds them in the contradictions between London's temperance views and his own alcoholism and his bourgeoisie lifestyle and socialist views. Raskin discovers themes similar to those he found in London's personality in London's most famous writings -- primarily South of the Slot.