Jack London on drinking & suicide

Jack London, Signature
Jack London, Signature

“And I knew fear. I was sober now, and I didn’t want to die. I discovered scores of reasons for living” – John Barleycorn, Chapter 12, Jack London.

” … [the] maniacal trick John Barleycorn played me is nothing uncommon. An absolute statistic of the per centage of suicides due to John Barleycorn would be appalling. In my case, healthy, normal, young, full of the joy of life, the suggestion to kill myself was unusual; but it must be taken into account that it came on the heels of a long carouse, when my nerves and brain were fearfully poisoned, and that the dramatic, romantic side of my imagination, drink-maddened to lunacy, was delighted with the suggestion. And yet, the older, more morbid drinkers, more jaded with life and more disillusioned, who kill themselves, do so usually after a long debauch, when their nerves and brains are thoroughly poison-soaked.” – John Barleycorn, Chapter 12, Jack London.

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