Date of Award

Spring 2012

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


American Studies

First Advisor

Eugene Leach

Second Advisor

Louis Masur


This thesis is a study of the interrelation between Jack London's literary and romantic lives. The progression of Jack’s philosophy was the product of an intense competition between his inclinations for naturalism, realism, and romanticism. After he found right love with Charmian the naturalism that had seeped in during his tumultuous, younger years finally fell away. The struggle of that time without love, as he wrote to his friend Cloudsey, was, “that small men down the ages have conjured gods in answer … But how bout you and me, who have no god?” The same reassurance that many gather from the religious assurances of a God and an after life London found once he was totally and completely loved. The reassurance that he could reveal his true self to another and she would love him for it.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in American Studies.