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Jack London's novel 'Martin Eden' portrays the contradictions faced by a writer of the early 20th century between adherence to artistic integrity and the demands of the literary marketpalce. The novel presents Eden's development from an ambitious and ill-educated sailor into an internationally acclaimed writer and critic. It also compares and contrasts writing with other occupations such as manual labor and law. Eden's eventual ennui and suicide can be traced to his status as both writer and peddler of texts, as both worker and capitalist. This contradictions excludes him from both classes and results in his eventual alienation and suicide.
|Glasgow Author(s):||Gair, Dr Christopher|
|College/School:||College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature|
|Journal Name:||Essays in Literature|
|Publisher:||Western Illinois University|