South Sea Tales is a collection of Jack London short stories set in island communities like Hawaii, or aboard a ship. Stories include; The House of Mapuhi, The Whale Tooth, Mauki, "Yah Yah Yah ," The Heathen, The Terrible Solomons, The inevitable White Man, and The Seed of McCoy. Jack London was an American author, journalist, and social activist, a pioneer in the world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone. He is best remembered as the author of Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush. He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as The Pearls of Parlay and The Heathen, and of the San Francisco Bay area in The Sea Wolf.