Kazan (sometimes published with the subtitle The Wolf Dog) is a once very popular novel by American writer James Oliver Curwood. Kazan is probably the most widely read of his novels during his lifetime, an engrossing tale of a magnificent animal that is part husky and part wolf.
There is a struggle between the two breeds in Kazan’s makeup; he is torn between love for a particular man and woman and the desire to run free with the wolves, especially the one that he has chosen for his mate. In both of these contrasting parts of his life, he meets tremendous challenges that require all his instinct, strength, and spirit to overcome.
After a trip to the Yukon area of Canada and Alaska, Curwood wrote a series of wilderness adventure novels that were best-sellers in the 1910’s and 1920’s and remained popular through mid-century.
Jack London had begun the vogue for northland dog stories with his Call of the Wild and White Fang, and there were many imitators, but none had a greater impact than Curwood. The income from the sales of this book permitted him to spend several months of each year in the remote northwestern area that he loved, while he poured out more than 30 novels.
Kazan – The Wolf Dog was first published in 1914. AUDIO: Read by Leonard Wilson, running time: 7 hours, 11 min. Unabridged, full version. E-Book, ePUB, Length: 66 300 words, average reading time 5 hours, 30 min.
James Oliver Curwood (1878-1927) was an American action-adventure writer. His books ranked among Publishers Weekly top-ten best sellers in the United States in the early 1920s. At least eighteen motion pictures have been based on or directly inspired by his novels and short stories. At the time of his death, he was the highest paid (per word) author in the world.