Welcome Friends of Jack London!

The tablet
Jack London's Lost Writing tablet

This website has been launched to share the discovery of a long lost work of art and to help rekindle the interest in the study of Jack London's writing.

Understanding the work of Jack London can ignite the spark in the hearts of all individuals and inspire them to be the best they can be, even in the worst of times.

Jack London’s writing tablet is representative of a different era in California’s history. It was created by Arthur Putnam, the famous animalist sculptor who was once praised by Auguste Rodin as "the greatest animal sculptor alive". This writing tablet was the personal property of Jack London, one of America’s greatest, and most loved authors. The connection between these two great artists exists on many levels - most notably their advocacy of wild beasts and socialist political philosophies.

Jack London at home

This unique sculpture was inspired by the novel The Call of the Wild, and depicts the famous dog Buck. The novel brought London fame and, for the first time, brought the attention of the world to the inhumane treatment of man’s best friend during the Klondike Gold Rush.

This tablet was presented by a famous woman named Charmian London at the Children’s Pets Exhibition of 1917. The recipient of this award was James Rolph III, son of the then mayor of San Francisco, James "Sunny Jim" Rolph II.

From 1917 until 2003, Jack London’s writing tablet had slipped into obscurity and eventually became unknown to even exist.

Now, amazingly, almost 100 years after it was created, it has been fully authenticated.

A lost American treasure has been found and is now recognized as an important piece of California’s history that has been rescued from the jaws of time.

It is my hope that this most interesting discovery will spark the interest of a new generation and promote the reading of Jack London’s works. The real treasures are the lessons woven into the fabric of his writing.

It is the understanding of ourselves that allows us to find our place in the world, that gives us the strength to look beyond ourselves, and the determination to be stronger individuals. As stronger people we will represent the good side of humanity well.

In Memoriam, Jack London

If you enjoy this website, you are going to love reading Jack London’s stories.

Christian Chaffee


San Diego Living News Interview

The Jack London Tablet was out for display at the Del Mar Antique Show in 2011. Watch this local San Diego News interview with Christian Chaffee about the tablet!

Click here to watch the interview


National Geographic
Photo taken for National Geographic

National Geographic has included Jack London's writing tablet in a small group of California Treasures! This is the photo they took for the official National Geographic website.





First Public Exhibit since 1917

Thanks to the work of Sue Hodson, Jack London’s writing tablet was recently exhibited at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA. The exhibition took place during the biennial Jack London symposium, thanks to the Jack London Society. By a happy coincidence, this year’s Symposium focused on The Call of the Wild, and the tablet was viewed by the most respected and renowned scholars and experts on that subject in the world.

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Examine the tablet yourself!

Well not really. But we do have a 3D virtual tool on our webpage that lets you examine the tablet as if it were in your hands! Please feel free to check it out at the view page.

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The Dark Cat

In this article, Yale professor, Alexander Nemerov explores the dark creative powers in the work of Arthur Putnam and a few of his contemporaries, most notably Jack London. He explores the complex pessimism and its origins in philosophy and politics of the early 20th century San Francisco intelligentsia.

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For more on Jack London or Arthur Putnam visit:

Biography of Alice Klauber, large section on Arthur Putnam

Jack London Wikipedia

Journal of San Diego History

JackLondons.net, Official website of The World of Jack London


Notice: content is continually updated for accuracy. Please contact Christian Chaffee with any and all comments, questions, and corrections.