Before Adam

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First edition (publ. Macmillan)

Before Adam is a novel by Jack London, serialized in 1906 and 1907 in Everybody's Magazine.[1] It is the story of a boy who dreams he lives the life of an early hominid Australopithecine.

The story offers an early view of human evolution. The majority of the story is told through the eyes of the boy's hominid alter ego, one of the Cave People. In addition to the Cave People, there are the more advanced Fire People, and the more animal-like Tree People.

Other characters include the hominid's father, a love interest, and Red-Eye, a fierce "atavism" that perpetually terrorizes the Cave People. A sabre-cat also plays a role in the story.

The US copyright on Before Adam has expired, and the story is available on Project Gutenberg.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jack London: Before Adam". london.sonoma.edu. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-29. 
  2. ^ "Before Adam". http://www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 

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