The Abysmal Brute


The Abysmal Brute

Jack London
Introduction by Michael Oriard

170 pages


June 2000


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About the Book

Before anyone knew there was such a thing, Jack London gave us the natural: Young Pat Glendon has never drunk alcohol nor tasted tobacco. He loves nature, is afraid of cities, and is shy of women. And he is a perfect fighter. Summoned from the city to consider such a prospect, cynical Sam Stubener, manager of prize-fighters, is struck by the boy’s extraordinary athletic grace—and soon man and boy are off to San Francisco to take on the heavyweight world.

The Abysmal Brute is the story of natural grace pitted against worldly brutishness. A subtle social drama played out in the arena of sport—in a day long before sport moved to the center of American culture—it is also a rousing romantic tale in the tradition of one of our great storytellers. As Pat hones his skill—and his curious style—on one champion fighter after another, he contends for the heart of a lovely admirer and for the soul of professional boxing, whose rampant corruption his blows expose.

Author Bio

Jack London (1876-1916) wrote such classics as Call of the Wild, White Fang, and The Sea-Wolf. Introducer Michael Oriard is the author of Reading Football: How the Popular Press Created an American Spectacle and other works. He is a professor of English at Oregon State University.

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