The Call of the Wild


First published as a short story in The Cosmopolitan, Jack London’s tale of atavistic nature follows Buck on his journey from domesticated hound to creature of the wild. Stolen from his ranch home, beaten by his captors and forced to work as a sled-dog in Yukon, Buck is befriended by the kindly outdoorsman Thornton. Allowed to roam, his wild instincts resurface. One night, Thornton and the other sled dogs are killed by Native Americans. Enraged, Buck kills them in revenge, and joins a company of wolves, now fully wild.

Full title:
[Call of the Wild. [A tale.]]
1903, New York
Book / Children's book
Jack London
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Public Domain

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