Jack London's life experiences were crucial to some of his most successful writing. His work was inspired by a difficult family history. His mother, Flora, suffered from typhoid fever as a child. This left her nearly blind, hairless, and small in stature. The brain damage caused by the fever lead to repeated bouts of depression. His father, William Chaney, was an astrologer and eventually became an influential figure in the American Astrological movement. Together, Flora and William ran an astrology parlor. Flora would receive money to communicate with the dead and send messages to the deceased loved ones of her customers. Unfortunately, it was not enough to pay the rent. Chaney, despite...
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