This work was published in 1904. It is written by an American writer (real name John Griffith London). London grew up in poverty, earning a living through various legal and illegal means. He was a sailor and took part in the Klondike gold rush. These experiences provided much of the material for his works and also made him a socialist. "The Call of the Wild", the classic story of sled-dog Buck brought him instant celebrity and established his readership to this day. In "The Sea-Wolf", London's most gripping novel, Humphrey Van Weyden is rescued from the freezing waters of San Francisco Bay by a demonic sea captain and introduced to fates far worse than death. Through this story London recalls his own adventures on a sealing vessel at the age of seventeen.