The Mutiny of the Elsinore (novel)

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First edition (publ. Macmillan)

The Mutiny of the Elsinore is a novel by the American writer Jack London first published in 1914. After death of the captain, the crew of a ship split between the two senior surviving mates. During the conflict, the narrator develops as a strong character, rather as in The Sea-Wolf. It also includes some strong right views which were part of London's complex world-view.[citation needed] The novel is partially based on London's voyage around Cape Horn on the Dirigo in 1912.[1]

The character "De Casseres," who espouses nihilistic viewpoints similar to the ideas of French philosopher Jules de Gaultier, is based on London's real-life friend and journalist Benjamin De Casseres.[2]


The novel has been adapted into films three times. In 1920 an American silent version The Mutiny of the Elisnore was made. A 1936 French adaptation Les mutinés de l'Elseneur directed by Pierre Chenal and a 1937 British film The Mutiny of the Elsinore were both made in sound.


  1. ^ "List of London's Novels". Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  2. ^ "Jack London's Dialectical Philosophy between Nietzsche's Radical Nihilism and Jules de Gaultier's Bovarysme" (PDF), Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas, 9 (1): 73, 2011

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