'The Iron Heel' is one of Jack London's best works. It is the story of a manuscript known as the 'Everhard Manuscript' - written by Avis Everhard. It was a personal document, written about Avis' husband, Ernest Everhard.
Author: Jack London
'The Iron Heel' is one of Jack London's best works. It is the story of a manuscript known as the 'Everhard Manuscript' - written by Avis Everhard. It was a personal document, written about Avis' husband, Ernest Everhard. He was one of the heroes behind the Revolution, and his unusual work surrounding 'Proletarian Science', and 'Proletarian philosophy'. The manuscript was written during a turbulent time, from 1912 to 1932, and the crushing Oligarchy known as the Iron Heel. It was a time of revolt, and after her husband's execution in 1932, Avis hid the manuscript in the heart of an old oak tree, in Wake Robin Lodge, California. The book begins at the start of her story, with footnotes to clarify, or to further explain aspects of Avis Everhard's story. It is a fascinating read, depicting the lives of factory workers, and people kept in poverty through their slim wages, and the work put in to prevent people in such dire conditions to be pawns in the Capitalist labour force - often made to work at a very young age. She met him in 1912, when her father hosted a dinner at his house in Berkeley. There were a great many guests there, from professors, Bishops, and Ministers. Avis was instantly drawn to him, from his chiselled good looks, to his passion as he debated with the other dinner guests, and his invested interest in philosophy. Her father had met Ernest Everhard shortly before the dinner, when he spotted the man standing outside on a soap-box, earnestly explaining economics to the working-men. He was a socialist, and was known for taking difficult to understand concepts, and explaining them in simpler language so that they were accessible to the working class. Self-educated in multiple languages and subjects, Everhard had begun work in the mills when he was ten years old. Avis became quite intrigued by the man, spending days reading up on all of his scientific and philosophical books published by a socialist publishing house in Chicago. She needed to see him again. And one afternoon, she got her wish when Ernest came to her father's house for tea. That meeting led Avis to knowing the man much more thoroughly, and he changed her entire outlook on the world. For Avis, things would never be the same again.