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EARLE LABOR. Jack London: An American Life.

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EARLE LABOR. Jack London: An American Life. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux. 461 pages; hardcover, $30, fsgbooks.com.

Earle Labor delivers a readable biography of one of America’s great authors. Those not familiar with Jack London will want to explore his works after reading this book, winner of the Spur Award as Best Biography in 2014. Writers will be interested in London’s daily writing discipline and his climb to fame while fighting adversity the whole way. They might find sobering the fact that at one point London was the highest-earning writer in the United States and still struggling to make money. Condensed from Roundup review.