Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

John Barleycorn
Jack London


In one of the great works of American literature, Jack London tells a poignant tale of the power of addiction through his alter ego, John Barleycorn. With alcohol as his sole companion, John travels across North America, living as a sailor, gold prospector, unemployed vagabond, and struggling novelist. Written with elegance and intelligence, and never shying away from the addiction that bedevilled him,¬†John Barleycorn: Drinking Life¬†presents its author’s arduous transformation from hard-bitten adventurer to renowned writer.

Paperback, 240pp
Arcturus Publishing, 2019 (1913)
ISBN 9781788887588