The Iron Heel

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Author: London, Jack (1876-1916)

Year: 1908

Publisher: MacMillian and Company

Place: New York


xiv+[2]+354+[4 ad] pages with 1 blank page at end. Small Octavo (7 3/4" x 5 1/2"). bound in original publisher's dark blue cloth with lettering in light blue and gilt with a pictorial cover stamped in gilt, light blue and black. Preceded only by a copyright printing. (BAL 11908) (Sisson & Martens 39) First edition.

The Iron Heel is a dystopian novel by American writer Jack London, first published in 1908. Generally considered to be "the earliest of the modern Dystopian", it chronicles the rise of an oligarchic tyranny in the United States. It is arguably the novel in which Jack London's socialist views are most explicitly on display. A forerunner of soft science fiction novels and stories of the 1960s and '70s, the book stresses future changes in society and politics while paying much less attention to technological changes. The book is unusual among London's writings (and in the literature of the time in general) in being a first-person narrative of a woman protagonist written by a man. Much of the narrative is set in the San Francisco Bay Area, including events in San Francisco and Sonoma County.


Corners bumped, some rubbing to point, hinges and edges, lettering to front cover dulled else about very good.

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