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Martin Eden

Martin Eden

Author: Jack London

Year Published: 1909

Description: This novel portrays the journey of Martin Eden, a working-class, self-educated writer who aspires to rise above his working-class roots through literary stardom. Driving this motivation is his love for Ruth Morse, daughter of a wealthy family into which Eden would never be accepted without improving his financial and social status. By the time his labors bear fruit with publishers, however, his betrothed no longer returns his affection, and Eden comes to scorn those who he once aspired to emulate, with ultimately tragic consequences.

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'He was a man without a past, whose future was the imminent grave and whose present was a bitter fever of living.'

Martin Eden

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