Finding a True West: Recovering the Life of Charmian Kittredge London Through Archival Research

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Drawing from materials in The Huntington's collections, author Iris Jamahl Dunkle tells the story of the free-spirited and adventurous Charmian Kittredge London—wife of American author Jack London—as a literary trailblazer in her own right. She defied modern expectations of femininity through a life of fortitude and bravery, in many ways paralleling the history of the American West. This is the Ray Allen Billington Lecture in the History of the American West.

 

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