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There are many authors in this world now. Some are known for ancient writings of poetry, or hundreds and hundreds of books written by them. This writer though was just one that depicted himself through dozens of short stories. His name is Jack London. Jack London is a writer who reveals the conflict between Nature versus Man from his writings and supports this subject through his job, "To Build a Fire." Jack was born on January 12, 1876 and died on November 22, 1916. He is famous for his nature novels depicting how nature can occasionally be so powerful that it overcomes man. Jack was deserted by his dad when he was eleven and had been largely raised by his mom in Oakland, California. When his mother became sick she handed him on to the care of an ex-slave named Virginia Prentiss. Not much is known about his childhood because the San Francisco records were destroyed by fires after the 1906 earthquake. When London was, he started to work 12 to 18 hour days at Hickmott's Cannery. To be able to get out of this work he borrowed cash by Virginia Prentiss (Jack's foster mom) and bought a sloop, that is a tiny wooden ship, by an oyster pirate named French Frank. Jack also became an oyster pirate himself. Jack wanted to attend at the University of California if he made out of high school, and he did so following the summer of 1896. After 1897, however, he had to leave because of financial issues. In 1897 after leaving the college, Jack and his brother-and-law, James Shepard, set out to proceed on the notorious Klondike Gold Rush. The gold rush caused London to have severe health problems, such as; growing scurvy where his teeth became swollen and contributed to the loss of the four front teeth. However, on the lighter side, the struggles of th...