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Jack London's 'The Valley of the Moon,' does not offer a legitimate alternative to a capitalist and consumerist society. Unlike London's other novels such as 'Burning Daylight' and 'Martin Eden' the underlying philosophy is not socialist. 'The Valley of the Moon' charts the journey of Saxon and Billy Roberts through multi-racial California in search of true Americanness. Early in the novel an 'American' is defined by the Puritan work ethic and his place of birth. However, by the end of the novel this definition is subsumed by a middle-class capitalist philosophy.
|Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:||Gair, Dr Christopher|
|College/School:||College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature|
|Journal Name:||Studies in the Novel|
|Publisher:||University of North Texas|