Martin Eden, Jack London's semiautobiographical novel about a struggling young writer, is considered by many to be the author's most mature work. Personifying London's own dreams of education and literary fame as a young man in San Francisco, Martin Eden's impassioned but ultimately ineffective battle to overcome his bleak circumstances makes him one of the most memorable and poignant characters Jack London ever created.More
This tragedy by famed author Jack London was published a few years after his most well-known work, Call of the Wild, and follows the struggles of a young working-class man who, despite his circumstances, aspires to become a successful, rich, and well-respected literary intellectual as he seeks the love of a higher-class woman.
Actor Jim Killavey employs a masterful kind of half-suppressed dialect in his voicing of the titular Martin Eden, perfectly completing this protagonist's fight to overcome his origins; further, Killavey is a clear, articulate performer, who maintains a steady energy throughout this work.
"Martin Eden is assuredly one of Jack London's greatest works." (Upton Sinclair)
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