White Fang
Adapted from the novel by Jack London

Text & Illus. by Gian Carlo Guarda
Washington, DC

(c) 2003 Gian Carlo Guarda
80 pages + 1 Foldout page

0-9765724-0-0 (paperback)

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About White Fang --


White Fang, a gray wolf, is born in the wilds of Canada's Yukon Territory at the time of the Gold Rush. The cub grows up among callous Indians and hostile sled dogs. Eventually his Indian master trades him for whiskey to an evil white gambler who sets up fighting matches between White Fang and fierce dogs. A life of mistreatment and constant fighting transforms the intelligent and sensitive wolf into a wicked, aggressive animal. He is finally saved by a loving master, with whom he discovers joy and serenity. Jack London wrote White Fang as a sequel to his successful The Call of the Wild. The book became an instant bestseller. It still remains popular. The wolf's poignant character is especially appealing to young readers. The rich sequence of dramatic, sometimes humorous episodes and the variety of settings make London's White Fang a perfect subject for graphic adaptation. The wolf's adventures begin in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. His story unfolds in Indian camps along the MacKenzie River and gold mining towns on the Yukon frontier. It finally ends on a ranch in the verdant hills of California. This graphic adaptation adheres to the plot of London's White Fang with omission of only some minor incidents or characters.



About Jack London --


Jack London, a brilliant self-taught writer, journalist and adventurer, was born in San Francisco in 1876. London was a keen student of human nature, who distilled his writings from his own colorful and often violent life. As a teenager, he worked in a cannery and also tried his hand as an oyster pirate, an officer of the San Francisco Fish Patrol and a seaman on a ship hunting seals off Japan and Siberia. London was only 18 when he joined an army of unemployed that was tramping and riding the rails from Oakland to Washington DC. His protest march experience, coupled with a month in jail on vagrancy charges in Erie County, Pennsylvania fueled London's lifelong concerns for the downtrodden and his passionate involvement in Socialism. In 1897, the 21-year-old set off for the Klondike Gold Rush. A difficult and dangerous year in Canada and Alaska yielded material for his rich sequence of short stories and two incredibly successful novels, The Call of the Wild (1903) and White Fang (1906.) By 1913, Jack London had achieved worldwide literary fame and a sizeable fortune. However, years of hard living and alcoholism had destroyed his health and his creative spirit. London was only 40 when he died in 1916, through a possible drug overdose. 



About the Author: Gian Carlo Guarda --

Gian Carlo Guarda lives in Washington DC. Born in Italy in 1930, he grew up in Venice where he studied architecture. After a graduate degree in urban planning at MIT, he worked for over thirty years in developing countries, principally Turkey, Singapore, Tunisia, Libya, Mexico, Brazil, Poland and Albania. Since retiring from the World Bank in 1994, he has worked for the UNDP on municipal finance programs in Brazil. This White Fang adaptation is his first graphic publication.



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