John Steinbeck Novels 1942–1952: The Moon Is Down / Cannery Row / The Pearl / East of Eden PDF

John Steinbeck Novels 1942–1952: The Moon Is Down / Cannery Row / The Pearl / East of Eden PDF

Novels 1942–1952: The Moon Is Down / Cannery Row / The Pearl / East of Eden

The third volume in The Library of America s authoritative edition of John Steinbeck s writings shows him continuing to explore new subject matter and new approaches to storytelling These four novels display the versatility and emotional directness that have made Steinbeck one of America s most enduringly popular writers.The Moon Is Down 1942 , set in an unnamed Scandina The third volume in The Library of America s authoritative edition of John Steinbeck s writings shows him continuing to explore new subject matter and new approaches to storytelling These four novels display the versatility and emotional directness that have made Steinbeck one of America s most enduringly popular writers.The Moon Is Down 1942 , set in an unnamed Scandinavian country under German occupation, dramatizes the transformation of ordinary life under totalitarian rule and the underground struggle against the Nazi invaders Told largely in dialogue, the book was conceived simultaneously as a novel and a play, and was successfully produced on Broadway Although some American critics found its treatment of the German characters too sympathetic, The Moon Is Down was widely read in occupied areas of Europe, where it was regarded as an inspiring contribution to the resistance.In Cannery Row 1945 Steinbeck paid tribute to his closest friend, the marine biologist Ed Ricketts, in the central character of Doc, proprietor of the Western Biological Laboratory and spiritual and financial mainstay of a cast of philosophical drifters and hangers on The comic and bawdy evocation of Monterey s sardine canning district a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream has made this one of the most popular of all of Steinbeck s novels.Steinbeck s long involvement with Mexican culture is distilled in The Pearl 1947 Expanding on an anecdote he heard in Baja California about a local boy who had found a pearl of unusual size, Steinbeck turned it into a parable of the corrupting influence of sudden wealth The Pearl appears here with the original illustrations by Jos Clemente Orozco.Ambitious in scale and original in structure, East of Eden 1952 recounts the violent and emotionally turbulent history of a Salinas Valley family through several generations Drawing on Biblical parallels, encompassing a period stretching from the Civil War to World War I, and incorporating, as counterpoint to the central story, some of the actual history of Steinbeck s mother s family, East of Eden is an epic that explores the writer s deepest and most anguished concerns within a landscape that for him had mythic resonance East of Eden was a recent selection of Oprah s Book Club

Title : Novels 1942–1952: The Moon Is Down / Cannery Row / The Pearl / East of Eden
Author :  John Steinbeck
Language : English
Isbn : 1931082073
Format : Hardcover
Pages : 983 pages

Rating: 4.9

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