Did You Know
Jack London was obsessed with the mythical wolf that appears in many of his books, in particular The Call of the Wild and White Fang. This obsession with wolves began when London spent a winter in the Canadian North during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1879-98. He signed his letters 'wolf', he called his stone castle 'Wolf House', he had a great, grey wolf as a pet, and a wolf's head was featured on his bookmarks.
Despite London's depiction of Buck in The Call of the Wild, as an animal with a wild beast within, waiting to unleash his ferocity, wolves are generally shy animals with a definite aversion to fighting.
It is interesting to note that London never intended to write a human allegory, and when critics acclaimed him for doing so, he commented 'I plead guilty', 'but I was unconscious of it at the time. I did not mean to do it'.