The mission of the Jack London Collection is to bring home to Sonoma, California a vertical and horizontal history of Jack London. This entails not only a chronological approach to the life of Jack London and his literary works, but also building a picture of who and what was surrounding and influencing Jack London. For example, the collection features the jacket worn by Edward G. Robinson in the London stage production of Sea-Wolf and a copy of the English 1st Edition of Sea-Wolf featuring Robinson wearing the jacket as well as the typewriter that London's wife Charmian used to type the majority of manuscripts and a photograph of Jack London dictating to Charmian at this typewriter. We hope this collection will be utilized for research and will inspire young readers to explore one of America's foremost writers.
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Raised in Northern California, Darius & Sarah Anderson understands the special importance of Jack London to this area and the unique influence that Sonoma had upon Jack London. At age 10, Darius purchased his first 1st Edition by Jack London, War of the Classes, from one of the great collectors and Jack London aficionados, Russ Kingman, who was the proprietor of The World of Jack London in San Francisco. Throughout his youth, Darius continued to collect rare Jack London books from Kingman and has been an avid and committed fan ever since, collecting first editions, ephemera and memorabilia. Beginning in the early 1990s, Darius began purchasing lots and significant individual pieces from some of the best London collections, including Serendipity Books and Waring Jones. This collecting covered Jack London from birth to death as well as items relating to London's contemporaries who influenced him, including authors such as George Sterling and John Steinbeck and artists such as Javier Martinez and Harrison Fisher.
After Sarah and Darius married, they began construction of a barn inspired by turn-of-the-century Craftsman-style lodges and Jack London’s legendary Glen Ellen Wolf House. This barn contains bookshelves that Darius designed at the age of 13 that displays both the spines and covers so that one can see all of the books at the same time. The barn also features an outdoor fire-pit fashioned from one of the original boilers from the Hearst Castle, one of the great patrons of London's writings.
The Jack London Collection is continue to acquire pieces while looking into a permanent home in the Valley of the Moon, featuring an interactive museum that tells the story of this wonderful man, his tragically short life and his influence on literature, culture, business, social and political thought.