A Daughter of the Snows

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A Daughter of the Snows (1902), Jack London's first novel, is little read today. It is, however, notable for its heroine, Frona Welse (whose name echoes that of his mother, Flora Wellman). Frona is a strong and self-reliant woman, one of many who would people his fiction.

It is also notable for a racist sensibility which is also detectable in some of his other work. A character says: "We are a race of doers and fighters, of globe-encirclers and zone-conquerors... All that the other races are not, the Anglo-Saxon, or Teuton if you please, is." (Such sentiments were common currency in Jack London's time and he places them in the mouths of characters, not the narrator.)

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