- The Kempton-Wace Letters
Infobox Book |
name = The Kempton-Wace Letters
Jack London, Anna Strunsky
language = English
publisher = Macmillan
release_date = 1903
media_type = Print (
isbn = NA
oclc = 476015
The Kempton-Wace Letters was a 1903 epistolary novel by
Jack Londonand Anna Strunsky. It was published anonymously.
It is a discussion of the philosophy of love and sex, written in the form of a series of letters between two men, "Herbert Wace," a young scientist, and "Dane Kempton," an elderly poet. Jack London wrote "Wace's" letters, Anna Strunsky wrote "Kempton's."
Kempton makes the case for feeling and emotion, while Wace proceeds "scientifically" and analyzes love in Darwinian terms:
Initially the public was piqued by the anonymity of the writers and the book was moderately successful. London biographer Russ Kingman praises the book and quotes the Buffalo "Commercial" as admiring the "sheer charm of its prose" and saying the book "holds firmly its place in the front rank of the best of the season's publications."
The New York Times" was less charitable. It opened its review with the terse line "The sex problem again." It complained that "Nothing that the scientist says is new, nothing that the poet says is new. The thing has been thrashed out some millions of times... Nor does the unnamed author infuse into either Wace or Kempton anything to give human personality or appeal.... As a story [it] falls flat; as a discussion of a topic as old as interesting, as overworked." [cite news | title = A Scientific Lover | work = The New York Times| date = 1903-06-27| page = BR2 Review of "The Kempton-Wace Letters"]
Joseph Noel says that
George Sterlingcalled Jack London's portion of the book, "a spiritual misprint, a typographical error half a volume long" and says "His vocabulary, in the letters of Herbert Wace, sounds as if taken that day from an encyclopedia by a conscientious sophomore." [cite book | title = Footloose in Arcadia: A Personal Record of Jack London, George Sterling, Ambrose Bierce | first = Joseph | last = Noel | year = 1940 | publisher = Carrick and Evans | location = New York | oclc = 11515942 ]
Biographers have been intrigued by "The Kempton-Wace Letters" for the light it seems to shed on Jack London's life and ideas. Strunsky was named as the correspondent in Jack London's divorce from his first wife, Bessie, although biographers generally agree that his relation with Strunsky was platonic. In the book, Jack London puts forward his theories about the "Mother-Woman" and the "Mate-Woman," roles which seem to correspond to the roles played by his first wife and his second.
* Includes a wealth of thought-provoking photographs documenting seemingly every person and place in Jack London's life.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Jack London — Infobox Writer name = Jack London caption = Jack London in 1900 birthdate = Birth date|1876|1|12 birthplace = San Francisco, California United States deathdate = Death date and age|1916|11|22|1876|1|12 deathplace = Glen Ellen, California United… … Wikipedia
Jack London — Para Atleta en los Juegos Olímpicos de Amsterdam 1928, véase Jack London (atleta). John Griffith Chaney Jack London en 1900. Nacimiento 12 de e … Wikipedia Español
Струнская, Анна — Анна Струнская в молодости Анна Струнская Уоллинг (англ. Anna Strunsky Walling, 21 марта 1877(18770321) 25 февраля 1964) американская писательница первой половины XX века, проповедовавшая социалистические идеи. Её работы… … Википедия
Письма Кэмптона — Уэсу The Kempton Wace Letters … Википедия
Martin Eden — 1st edition … Wikipedia
Jack London — 1900 Signatur von Jack London Jack Lo … Deutsch Wikipedia
John Griffith Chaney — Jack London 1900 Jack London (* 12. Januar 1876 in San Francisco als John Griffith Chaney; † 22. November 1916 in … Deutsch Wikipedia
Лондон — Джек (Jack London, 1876 1916) североамериканский писатель. Род. в семье обедневшего фермера. Молодые годы писателя полны лишений, труда и приключений. Еще посещая школу, он разносит газеты, затем уходит работать на консервную фабрику; непосильный … Литературная энциклопедия
Джек Лондон — Jack London … Википедия
Джон Гриффит Чейни — Джек Лондон Jack London Имя при рождении: John Griffith Chaney Дата рождения: 12 января 1876 Место рождения: Сан Франциско Дата смерти: 22 ноября 1916 … Википедия