Burning Daylight is a novel by Jack London, published in 1910, which was one of the best-selling books of that year and it was London s best-selling book in his lifetime. The novel takes place in the Yukon Territory in 1893. The main character, nicknamed Burning Daylight was the most successful entrepreneur of the Alaskan Gold Rush. The story of the main character was partially based upon the life of Oakland entrepreneur Borax Smith. The novel was subsequently filmed as a First National movie starring Milton Sills with Doris Kenyon. The novel was adapted for American films in 1914, 1920, 1928, and 2010. Jack London (1876-1916) was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning 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. London s most famous novels are The Call of the Wild, White Fang, The Sea-Wolf, The Iron Heel, and Martin Eden.