The Call of the Wild and White Fang are world famous animal stories. Set in Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1890's, The Call of the Wild is about Buck, the magnificent cross-bred offspring of a St. Bernard and a Scottish Collie. Stolen from his pampered life on a Californian estate and shipped to the Klondike to work as a sledge dog, he triumphs over his circumstances and becomes the leader of a wolf pack. The story records the "decivilization" of Buck as he answers "the call of the wild," an inherent memory of primeval origins to which he instinctively responds. In contrast, White Fang relates the tale of a wolf born and bred in the wild yet civilized by the master he comes to trust and love. The deeper resonance of these stories derives from the author's use of the myth of the hero who survives by strength and courage. A Wordsworth Classic.
Wordsworth classics are complete, unabridged editions of timeless literature and poetry offered at a very affordable price. Each one is delightfully illustrated and carefully reprinted to appeal to the general public while preserving its high quality. Some of the most popular novels to study in school, such as Uncle Tom's Cabin and Charles Dickens' The Pickwick Papers, include more in-depth, insightful introductions as well as helpful notes in the back of the book to offer readers definitions or background to words or phrases appearing in the text. ~ Steph