Prof. Dr. Holger Kersten
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik


Online Resources for the Study of Jack London (under construction)

Electronic Texts: Jack London in the South Seas      

Jack London, The Cruise of the Snark (1911) []

Information on The Cruise of the Snark from the Huntington Library.

Charmian K. London, The Log of the Snark [PDF]

[online version at]

Charmian K. London, Our Hawaii (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1917) [with photographs]) [PDF]

[online version at]

Martin Johnson, Through the South Seas with Jack London [PDF]

[online version at]

Charmian K. London, Our Hawaii (Islands and Islanders). (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1922) [with photographs])

[online version at]

"FOREWORD. This book was originally part of the jottings I kept during a two years' cruise of Jack London and myself in the forty-five-foot ketch Snark into the fabulous South Seas, by way of the Hawaiian Islands. The seafaring portion of my notes was published in 1915 as "The Log of the Snark." The record of five months spent in the Paradise of the Pacific, Hawaii, I made into another book, "Our Hawaii," issued in 1917. The present volume is a revision of the other, from which I have eliminated the bulk of personal memoirs, by now incorporated into my "Book of Jack London," a thoroughgoing biography. I have substituted more detail concerning the Territory of Hawaii, and endeavored to bring my subject up to date. [ . . . ]" (vii)

Joshua Slocum. Sailing Alone Around the World. New York: The Century Co, 1900.

[online version at]



Jack London's Articles Relating to the Voyage of the Snark

Material collected and transcribed by Carl W. Bell, Senior Analyst/Programmer Academic and Research Computing Services Baylor University Electronic Library

"By the way-----fotos. I 'll see that you get plenty of good photographs. Incidentally, I am myself taking along only four cameras, and I know how to use them, too."
Jack London, Preliminary Letter to the Woman's Home Companion.

Most of the articles listed here are accompanied by photographs.

[January 2021: Carl Bell's web pages at Baylor seem to be no longer available at the old address. The can now be accessed via the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.]

Carl W. Bell, A Collection of Jack London Stories
Jack London and Photography
 Jack London, Photographer
Depictions of Molokai

"Because we are sick they take away our liberty. We have obeyed the law. We have done no wrong. And yet they would put us in prison. Molokai is a prison. . . .

  • Charles Warren Stoddard, "The Lepers of Molokai" (Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine 11:1 (July 1873), pp. 89-97.
  • Charles Nordhoff, "The Leper Asylum on Molokai." Chapter 7 in Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands. New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1875.
  • Father Damien: An Open Letter to the Reverend Doctor Hyde of Honolulu from Robert Louis Stevenson

"Let us take a rapid glance at the leper-settlement of Molokai, which is like a hospital and a charnel-house; for there is no cure for the awful pestilence. It is the duty of the sheriffs of the island, on the certificate of a doctor that a man is a leper, to commit him to death in life at Molokai. Here he slowly rots away in a terrible exile, for there is no release for him except the merciful hand of death. . . . "

"If I should speak no longer of the island, but of the people instead, I could perhaps do something still further to dissipate the dread with which you and all other strangers must regard us. The inhabitants are a simple, generous, happy race, and there are many spots in this world –many in Europe and Asia, perhaps some in your own land – where the scenes of suffering and death are more poignant and appalling. The lepers live for the most part in decent white cottages. Many are the happy faces that are seen among them so that, strange as it may seem, healthy people would sometimes come here to live if the laws did not forbid. So much has Christianity done that one may now be buried in consecrated ground." (590)



Various Materials relating to Molokai's Leper Colony 
  • The Location of the Leper Colony at Molokai. Settlement History - Why Here? [from the web site of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior]
  •   Joseph Dutton. "Molokai." The Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. X. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1911.
  • Reviews of the movie "Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (1999)"
  • Interview with David Wenham: Compassion, love and an unbreakable human spirit attracted David Wenham to “a life-changing experience”, portraying Fr Damien, the leper priest of Molokai. Damir Govorcin spoke to the actor

Useful websites for the Study of Jack London
Jack London's Writings | Excellent resource. | Site maintained at by Roy Tennant and Dr. Clarice Stasz.
Sponsored by the Sonoma State University Library.

Linda Chiavaroli, "A Deep Dive into Jack London’s Life," The Huntington Library (2016)
  The Papers of Jack and Charmian London

Jack London Book Collection – Utah State University has one of the nation's largest research collections of Jack London materials.

The Papers of Jack and Charmian London at Utah State University

The World of Jack London
Donna Campbell's excellent Jack London webpage
Inheritors of a Legend by Helen Abbott
  Charmian London. The Book of Jack London. Illustrated With Photographs. New York: The Century Co. 1921
Jack London International. – This Website is maintained and developed by a group of German Jack London afficionados and experts, along with direct descendants of Jack London and other members of Jack London's family.
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