"Have you read my 'Christ' story?": Mary Austin's The Man Jesus and London's The Star Rover
This article considers Christ stories written by authors Mary Austin and Jack London at the beginning of the twentieth century. That Austin, a mystic who believed she was in touch with Indian spirits, and London, an avowed materialist, should have written Christ stories at all seems unusual, but that both should express such concern over the reception of their stories deserves further investigation. To consider The Star Rover in the context of Austin's The Man Jesus raises several questions: First, how did London and Austin fashion their Christ stories to fit a popular audience? Second, how were their versions of the Christ story fashioned, if at all, to reflect progressive social policy? Third, what did London see in Austin's "Christ story" that made him turn to it first in the North American Review?