Many consider "Martin Eden" to be Jack London's autobiography; this novel is the story of Martin Eden who dreams to be a writer of literary fame and finally he is successful. It is an attack on individualism and ambition while at the same time it develops London's support of socialism and the inner conflict of his own incredible self-will.Many consider "Martin Eden" to be Jack London's autobiography; this novel is the story of Martin Eden who dreams to be a writer of literary fame and finally he is successful. It is an attack on individualism and ambition while at the same time it develops London's support of socialism and the inner conflict of his own incredible self-will.Read Less
Good. No dust jacket. Highlighting/underlining. Binding is tight and square. Cover is creased with small pieces off. Name on inside cover and neat, spare underlining throughout. 384 p. Introductory notes by Sam S. Baskett and also includes explanatory notes by page section in back.
Fair. No dust jacket as issued. condition fair. has minor moisture damage upper back text and cover. cover coming loose, front hinge worn, spine tear lower corner. w/toning. slight slant. pr. mks inside. a reader. fast shipping. Mass market (rack) paperback. Glued binding. Audience: General/trade.
Good. Penguin 587, stated first Penguin edition with.25 price and cover art by Jonas. Good plus with cover mostly delaminated, surface tears and abrasions to cover, a few pages bumped/torn at foreedge, aging to paper. 346 pp.
Fine in wrappers. 346 pages. First edition, first printing. Penguin Book number 587. Cover art by Jonas. Near fine book with very slight loosening of the lamination to the corners and a touch of fading to the spine. A beautiful copy!
Among my friend it's very common to listen Pink Floyd's "Another brick in the wall" after reading Martin Eden. The book is very succesful for drawing a concrete portrait of a highly-bourgeoisly-educated person as Ruth Morse, whom Martin felt in love with. On the other hand there is Martin Eden, a sailor who educates himself especially in and soon becomes an author. The main theme is the struggle of initially uneducated sailor Martin's efforts to be with Ruth, member of a bourgeois family. By the time he self-teaches and develops a world view combining Nietzsche-oriented individualism and social darwinism. There are interesting dialogues in the book that clearly indicates the limits of Ruth's thinking, based on modern and blindly bourgeois education. Whereas, Martin can simply criticize anything. The book ends tragically. However, it is a great book to read hence see the potential of human ability.
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