The Cruise of the Snark (Paperback)
National Geographic Society, 9780792262442, 210pp.
Publication Date: November 1, 2003
A collection of travel writings from the author of the classic novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang. In 1907, world-renowned writer Jack London, his wife, and two crew members set sail for the South Pacific aboard the Snark, a 45-foot yacht built specifically for the trip. In this account of their voyage, he details the beleaguered construction of the boat and the enterprise in it that followed, as the group departed from San Francisco and ventured everywhere from Tahiti and Bora Bora to Fiji and the Hawaiian archipelago, where he tried the "royal sport" of surfing and traveled to the leper colony on Molokai. While their plan to spend seven years traversing the globe was derailed by illness--which hospitalized London for five weeks in Sydney--the journey recounted is a fun and informative adventure, filled with details on the ins and out of sailing and celestial navigation.
About the Author
Jack London (1876-1916) was an American writer best known for the classic novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang. He was one of the first authors to garner global fame and wealth from his fiction alone, which also included short stories, such as "To Build a Fire" and "The Heathen." Anthony Brandt attended Princeton and Columbia before becoming a freelance writer for Esquire, American Heritage, The Atlantic, Psychology Today, GQ, Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure, and many other magazines. He was the essays editor of the Pushcart Prize for 18 years and has served as a nonfiction judge for the National Book Awards. Brandt is the editor of the Adventure Classics series for National Geographic Books, including the first edition of The Journals of Lewis and Clark.