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The People of the Abyss 43 editions

Cover of: The People of the Abyss by Jack London
About the Book

The experiences related in this volume fell to me in the summer of 1902. I went down into the under-world of London with an attitude of mind which I may best liken to that of the explorer. I was open to be convinced by the evidence of my eyes, rather than by the teachings of those who had not seen, or by the words of those who had seen and gone before. Further, I took with me certain simple criteria with which to measure the life of the under-world. That which made for more life, for physical and spiritual health, was good; that which made for less life, which hurt, and dwarfed, and distorted life, was bad.It will be readily apparent to the reader that I saw much that was bad. Yet it must not be forgotten that the time of which I write was considered "good times" in England. The starvation and lack of shelter I encountered constituted a chronic condition of misery which is never wiped out, even in the periods of greatest prosperity.

Following the summer in question came a hard winter. Great numbers of the unemployed formed into processions, as many as a dozen at a time, and daily marched through the streets of London crying for bread. Mr. Justin McCarthy, writing in the month of January 1903, to the New York Independent, briefly epitomises the situation as follows:- "The workhouses have no space left in which to pack the starving crowds who are craving every day and night at their doors for food and shelter. All the charitable institutions have exhausted their means in trying to raise supplies of food for the famishing residents of the garrets and cellars of London lanes and alleys. The quarters of the Salvation Army in various parts of London are nightly besieged by hosts of the unemployed and the hungry for whom neither shelter nor the means of sustenance can be provided."

It has been urged that the criticism I have passed on things as they are in England is too pessimistic. I must say, in extenuation, that of optimists I am the most optimistic. But I measure manhood less by political aggregations than by individuals. Society grows, while political machines rack to pieces and become "scrap." For the English, so far as manhood and womanhood and health and happiness go, I see a broad and smiling future. But for a great deal of the political machinery, which at present mismanages for them, I see nothing else than the scrap heap.

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Publish date unknown, Nelson
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1900, Thomas Nelson and sons
The people of the abyss
in English
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1903, Macmillan
The people of the abyss
in English
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1903, Isbister
The people of the abyss
in English
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1903, The Macmillan company, Macmillan & co., ltd.
The people of the abyss
in English
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1903, Grosset & Dunlap
The people of the abyss
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1904, The Macmillan company, Macmillan & co., ltd.
The people of the abyss
in English
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1914, T. Nelson
The people of the abyss
in English
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1962, Arco
The people of the abyss
in English - Fitzroy edition.
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1963, Archer House
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in English
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1963, Panther
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in English
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1970, Macmillan
The people of the abyss
Microform in English
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1970, Garrett Press
The people of the abyss.
in English
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1970, Literature House
The people of the abyss.
in English
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1972, MSS Information Corp.
The people of the abyss
in English
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December 1977, Lawrence Hill Books
People of the Abyss
Paperback
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1977, Journeyman Press
The people of the abyss
in English
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1980, J. Simon
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in English
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1995, L. Hill Books, Distributed by Independent Publishers Group
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in English
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1995, G.N. Morang
The people of the abyss
Microform in English
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July 30, 1998, Diane Pub Co
People of the Abyss
Paperback in English
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2001, Pluto Press
The people of the abyss
in English - Centenary ed.
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June 1, 2004, Lawrence Hill Books
The People of the Abyss
Paperback in English
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2004, 1st World Library
The People of the Abyss
Perfect Paperback in English
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June 30, 2004, Kessinger Publishing
The People Of The Abyss
Paperback in English
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October 15, 2005, 1st World Library - Literary Society
The People of the Abyss
Paperback in English
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December 2005, North Books
The People of the Abyss
Hardcover in English
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December 2005, North Books
The People of the Abyss
Hardcover in English - Largeprint edition
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September 1, 2006, Synergy International of the Americas, Ltd
The People ofThe Abyss
Hardcover in English
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January 1, 2006, 1st World Library - Literary Society
The People of the Abyss
Hardcover in English
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November 3, 2006, Hard Press
The People of the Abyss
Paperback in English
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August 1, 2006, Aegypan
The People of the Abyss
Hardcover in English
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2006, 1st World Library
The People of the Abyss
eBook in English
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September 1, 2006, Aegypan
The People of the Abyss
Paperback in English
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October 12, 2007, Book Jungle
The People of the Abyss
Paperback in English
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May 5, 2007, BiblioBazaar
The People of the Abyss (Large Print Edition)
Paperback in English
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September 24, 2007, Dodo Press
The People of the Abyss (Dodo Press)
Paperback in English
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May 5, 2007, BiblioBazaar
The People of the Abyss
Paperback in English
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November 13, 2007, IndyPublish
The People of the Abyss
Hardcover in English
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June 1, 2007, Synergy International of the Americas, Ltd
The People of The Abyss
Hardcover in English
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January 1, 2007, Echo Library
The People of the Abyss
Paperback in English
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2009, The Floating Press
The People of the Abyss
E-book in English
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2010, Lulu
The People of the Abyss
Paperback; eBook in English

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