Jack London’s The Enemy of All the World is the story of Emil Gluck, which begins in 1895 in Syracuse, New York, and it is extremely different from that of any other child. Emil's parents both die when he is six years old. He lives with his aunt, a frivolous and heartless woman, who does nothing to hide her contempt. At school the boy proves to be really smart, but his excessive shyness prevents him from making friends, and condemn him to a life of loneliness and misunderstanding. At the age of twentyseven Emil publishes a book on marriage, totally misunderstood by the critics, and this event marks the beginning of a long and cruel persecution by the newspapers. Not even his extraordinary love for Irene Tackley will alleviate his sufferings. When the girl is found dead, he is the first to be suspected and he cannot do anything to avoid being arrested and jailed. All this and more makes his sensitivity turns into madness and his genius mind begins to work out a terrible plan of revenge against all humanity. Only the intuition of a secret service agent will be able to put an end to the relentless chain of destruction initiated by Gluck.
Keywords: The Enemy of All the World, Jack London, Faligi