Jack London – (Jan 12, 1876 – Nov 22, 1916) American writer and journalist. Born and grown up in California, he tried his luck in Alaska in the time of the Gold Rush, but unsuccessfully. During his writer's career he's written such novels as Martin Eden, The White Fang, The Sea-Wolf etc. and a lot of magnificent short stories. The Cruise of the Dazzler is a novel by Jack London. The story is set in the city of San Francisco and follows John Bronsosn, who goes kite-flying with his friends instead of preparing for his school exams. His life starts to go downhill one day – he gets in fight with a gang, fails his exams and his father threaten to send him I military academy. Fed up with it all, John leaves his home and joins the crew of a sloop, the Dazzler. But soon he realizes that his new company might actually be bad.