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Author’s Note from APOLOGIES TO THE CAT’S MEAT MAN

(This is the author’s note from the Jack the Ripper Victims Series novel, Apologies to the Cat’s Meat Man a novel of Annie Chapman, the second Victim of Jack the Ripper.) Author’s Note—Historical Terror: Horror that Happened In September1888, after … Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 27

The last chapter of The People of the Abyss is titled “The Management.” In it, Jack London compares the health, happiness, and personal wealth of the average Londoner of 1902 to that of the average Inuit of Alaska of the … Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 26

“Drink, Temperance, and Thrift” is the title of Chapter 26. In it, Jack London spoke of the problems alcohol caused among the poor; how drink made human beings less healthy, less thoughtful, less capable; how drink provided the drinker with … Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 25

Chapter 25 is titled “The Hunger Wail.” I have never truly been hungry in my life. I’ve been a day, maybe two without food. I have rarely spent any period in my life when I had insufficient food for any … Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 24

Again, Jack London speaks ill of the people f the abyss. In Chapter 24, after having taken a long walk through the East End late at night without wearing his pauper’s rags, he basically called them out as monsters. He … Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 23

The children of the abyss is the subject of Chapter 23. Imagine growing up in a one room dwelling with your parents and siblings—no privacy, no room to accumulate possessions, to pursue interests, or even find rest unless the others … Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 22

Chapter 22 is about the prevalence of suicide among the poor of the East End. When the act was unsuccessful, the person involved was brought before the police court for punishment. Jack London cited specific cases he witnessed in the … Continue reading

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