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As an adolescent, Jack spent more and more time away from home

and in 1897 went to the University of California, Berkeley, where he

discovered a newspaper item relating his mother’s attempted suicide

and uncovered the name of his alleged biological father. When London

contacted him, the man, Chaney, claimed impotence and accused

London’s mother of promiscuity. Ultimately London was unable to for-

give his mother for lying about his paternity, but he nonetheless bought

his then-widowed mother a house and provided her with financial

support when he finally made money off his writing. Book lovely and

near-fine, scarce dust jacket with expert restoration to extremities. A

most exceptional copy, quite rare and desirable.