To Build a Fire
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Check out the unofficial home of all things Jack London.
Luckily for us, a lot of London's stuff is public domain and available totally for free online. Here's a really good database for his work.
At first glance, this site might look like just another database of London's stories. But if you explore it, you'll find all kinds of cool links: including videos of London's Ranch, conspiracy theories about his death, and even some of his favorite recipes.
Visit this incredible website for more information on the Klondike Gold Rush that serves as the historical setting for London's "To Build a Fire."
Movie or TV Productions
At about 50 minutes in duration, this film takes as long to watch as the story does to read, but it's narrated by the great Orson Welles, so it's well worth the time.
If you don't have 50 minutes of viewing time in you, you might check out this clip from the 1969 movie.
Ah, if only this guy had a bow and drill.
Check out Jack London's ranch—and if you're ever in California, you can visit in person.
"To Build a Fire," read aloud by a literary enthusiast with a great fireside voice, although he reads it a bit fast for our liking.
Oh it's beautiful, sure, but you can see how a guy could get lost.
If you ask Shmoop, they do not look like they are wearing enough layers.
Here's our author, looking rakish.