LONDON, Jack (1876-1916). Autograph letter signed ('Jack London'), to Messrs A.P. Watt & Son, Piedmont, Alameda, California, 27 February 1903, 2 pages, 4to, recipient's pencil notations on page (a draft letter from A. P. Watt to London).
'ERE THIS YOU WILL HAVE RECEIVED MY 32,000 WORD YARN THE CALL OF THE WILD. London provides interesting bibliographic information about his most famous work, as he arranges for its English publication. 'Ere this,' he tells A. P. Watt, his U. K. literary agents, 'you will have received my 32,000 word yarn, The Call of the Wild. As I told you, the Saturday Evening Post has already bought the American serial rights of same. A recent letter from them states that they, as first buyer, expect to retain the right of settling date of publication. And in this connection, let me add, the American Macmillan Company is rushing the yarn into book form for copyright in both countries; so that serial publication will not have to be simultaneous, if any hitch occurs ... Macmillan Company is printing the book only for preservation of copyright. It will not bring the books out for a long time to come long after it is published serially.'
London also discusses one of his short stories, 'The One Thousand Dozen,' which was appearing in the Graphic in England. 'I can only say that it is too terrible a story for the first class American magazines, as I have already learned. So I am disposing of it to the National Magazine, Boston, Mass. They, of course, will accept the Graphic's date of publication. I am writing to them this mail to inform them of this fact.' A revealing glimpse into London's enormous work ethic and his close attention to the commercial aspects of his career.