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To Build a Fire

To Build a Fire


by Jack London

To Build a Fire Resources



Check out the unofficial home of all things Jack London.

The Jack London Online Collection

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.

The World of Jack London

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.

The Klondike Gold Rush

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

"To Build a Fire" (1969)

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.


"To Build a Fire" Clip

If you don't have 50 minutes of viewing time in you, you might check out this clip from the 1969 movie.

Build Your Own Fire

Ah, if only this guy had a bow and drill.

The Valley of the Moon

Check out Jack London's ranch—and if you're ever in California, you can visit in person.


"To Build a Fire" Audiobook

"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.


The Yukon Territory

Oh it's beautiful, sure, but you can see how a guy could get lost.

Klondike Gold Miners

If you ask Shmoop, they do not look like they are wearing enough layers.

Mr. London

Here's our author, looking rakish.

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