The Gladiator POD: Mid-20th Century Earliest Known POD: October-November, 1962
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Jack London (January 12, 1876 - November 22, 1916) was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first writers to become a worldwide celebrity and earn a large fortune from writing. He was also an innovator in the genre that would later become known as science fiction. He was also an advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers. While he's probably best remembered for his rugged adventure stories, including The Call of the Wild, White Fang, "To Build a Fire", "An Odyssey of the North", and "Love of Life", he wrote a number of political works, such as The Iron Heel.
After the Soviet Union won the Cold War, Jack London's staunch socialism ensured that his writings were still read and studied in the late 21st century. While his conventional adventure stories were popular, it was his novel The Iron Heel that was considered his most important work.
Gianfranco Mazzilli had enjoyed London's adventure stories The Call of the Wild and "To Build a Fire," but found The Iron Heel to be quite boring.