“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”
Today’s Literary Birthday
Jack London was born on this day in 1876. London wrote such novels as The Call of The Wild, White Fang and The Sea Wolf. Editor Franklin Walker said, “The Call of the Wild belongs on a shelf with Walden and Huckleberry Finn.” Other critics believe that London’s best work was in short stories like To Build a Fire. London became a socialist and was twice the Socialist candidate for Mayor of Oakland, California. London wrote two memoirs. The Road chronicled his early career and John Barleycorn his alcoholism. The latter is still recommended by Alcoholics Anonymous.
Today’s Memoir/Family History Memory Trigger
Each day we offer a question or action to help you trigger your memories of things which will make your memoir or family history richer, more detailed and more interesting. Reflect on the prompt and see what ideas it triggers. Here’s today’s:
Describe your first apartment or home after leaving your parent’s home.