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The Portable Steinbeck

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Today, nearly forty years after his death, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck remains one of America’s greatest writers and cultural figures. Over the next year, his many works published as black-spine Penguin Classics for the first time and will feature eye-catching, newly commissioned art.

The Grapes of Wrath is a landmark of American literature. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma family, the Joads, who are driven off their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity.

First published in 1939, The Grapes of Wrath summed up its era in the way that Uncle Tom’s Cabin summed up the years of slavery before the Civil War. Sensitive to fascist and communist criticism, Steinbeck insisted that “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” be printed in its entirety in the first edition of the book—which takes its title from the first verse: “He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.” At once a naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s fictional chronicle of the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s is perhaps the most American of American Classics.

Synopsis:

In Monterey, on the California coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday, which is one of those days that are just naturally bad. Returning to the scene of Cannery Row—the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey, John Steinbeck once more brings to life the denizens of a netherworld of laughter and tears—from Fauna, new headmistress of the local brothel, to Hazel, a bum whose mother must have wanted a daughter.

 

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Steinbecks two plays, dramatic adaptations of his most powerful short novels, Of Mice and Men and The Moon Is Down, features a foreword by award-winning actor James Earl Jones.  Celebrating its 75th anniversary, John Steinbecks Of Mice and Men received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play in 1937-1938 and has featured a number of actors who have played the iconic roles of George and Lennie on stage and film, including James Earl Jones, John Malkovich and Gary Sinise. 

Of Mice and Men also represents an experiment in form, as Steinbeck described his work, “a kind of playable novel, written in novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands.” A rarity in American letters, it achieved remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films.

The Moon Is Down is Steinbecks masterful play that uncovers profound, often unsettling truths about war and human nature. It tells the story of a peaceable town taken by enemy troops, and had an extraordinary impact as Allied propaganda in Nazi-occupied Europe. This Penguin Classics edition of the theatrical adaptations of Steinbecks two classic short novels are essential to actors, playwrights, filmmakers and directors studying the dramatic work of the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden.

About the Author

John Steinbeck, born in Salinas, California, in 1902, grew up in a fertile agricultural valley, about twenty-five miles from the Pacific Coast. Both the valley and the coast would serve as settings for some of his best fiction. In 1919 he went to Stanford University, where he intermittently enrolled in literature and writing courses until he left in 1925 without taking a degree. During the next five years he supported himself as a laborer and journalist in New York City, all the time working on his first novel, Cup of Gold (1929).

After marriage and a move to Pacific Grove, he published two California books, The Pastures of Heaven (1932) and To a God Unknown (1933), and worked on short stories later collected in The Long Valley (1938). Popular success and financial security came only with Tortilla Flat (1935), stories about Monterey’s paisanos. A ceaseless experimenter throughout his career, Steinbeck changed courses regularly. Three powerful novels of the late 1930s focused on the California laboring class: In Dubious Battle (1936), Of Mice and Men (1937), and the book considered by many his finest, The Grapes of Wrath (1939). The Grapes of Wrath won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1939.

Early in the 1940s, Steinbeck became a filmmaker with The Forgotten Village (1941) and a serious student of marine biology with Sea of Cortez (1941). He devoted his services to the war, writing Bombs Away (1942) and the controversial play-novelette The Moon is Down (1942). Cannery Row (1945), The Wayward Bus (1948), another experimental drama, Burning Bright (1950), and The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951) preceded publication of the monumental East of Eden (1952), an ambitious saga of the Salinas Valley and his own family’s history.

The last decades of his life were spent in New York City and Sag Harbor with his third wife, with whom he traveled widely. Later books include Sweet Thursday (1954), The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication (1957), Once There Was a War (1958), The Winter of Our Discontent (1961), Travels with Charley in Search of America (1962), America and Americans (1966), and the posthumously published Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters (1969), Viva Zapata! (1975), The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights (1976), and Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath (1989).

Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962, and, in 1964, he was presented with the United States Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Steinbeck died in New York in 1968. Today, more than thirty years after his death, he remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures.

Pascal Covici, Jr., son of John Steinbeck's long-time editor and friend at The Viking Press, received his Ph.D. from Harvard and taught at Southern Methodist University.

Susan Shillinglaw is director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University.

Table of Contents

Chapter titles and titles of short excerpts are the editor's, not the author's

Introduction by Pascal Covici, Jr.

Biographical and Bibliographical Notes

From The Long Valley

Flight

The Snake

The Harness

The Chrysanthemums

From The Pastures of Heaven

Tularecito

Molly Morgan

Pat Humbert's

From Tortilla Flat

Danny

Pilon

The Pirate

The Treasure Hunt

Tortillas and Beans

From In Dubious Battle

A Future We Can't Foresee

Of Mice and Men

The Complete Novel

The Red Pony

The Gift

The Great Mountains

The Promise

The Leader of the People

From The Long Valley

Breakfast

From The Grapes of Wrath

The Turtle

"The Last Clear Definite Function of Man"

Migrant People

Life and Death

Breakfast and Work

Ma and Tom

The Flood

From Sea of Cortez

"Is" Thinking and "Living Into"

The Pearl of La Paz

Parable of Laziness

Differences

"It Might Be So"

From "About Ed Ricketts"

"Knowing Ed Ricketts..."

"Speculative Metaphysics"

From Cannery Row

Frog Hunt

From East of Eden

Adam and His Sons

Choice and Responsibility

Technology and a Technocrat

Timshel

Two Uncollected Stories

The Affair at 7, rue de M---

How Mr. Hogan Robbed a Bank

b>From Travels with Charley in Search of America

People

Texan Ostentation

Southern Troubles

Last Leg

The Language of Awareness

From East of Eden

Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143106975
Author:
Steinbeck, John
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Ricketts, Edward F.
Author:
Jones, James Earl
Author:
Beegel, Susan F.
Author:
Bowden, Mark
Author:
Horton, Chase
Author:
Demott, Robert
Author:
Benson, Jackson J.
Author:
Paolini, Christopher
Author:
Shillinglaw, Susan
Author:
Meredith, James H.
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
American
Subject:
Military - Aviation
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Classics Deluxe Editio
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations throughout
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
8.46 x 5.64 x 1.1 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,
In Monterey, on the California coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday, which is one of those days that are just naturally bad. Returning to the scene of Cannery Row—the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey, John Steinbeck once more brings to life the denizens of a netherworld of laughter and tears—from Fauna, new headmistress of the local brothel, to Hazel, a bum whose mother must have wanted a daughter.

 

"Synopsis" by ,

Steinbecks two plays, dramatic adaptations of his most powerful short novels, Of Mice and Men and The Moon Is Down, features a foreword by award-winning actor James Earl Jones.  Celebrating its 75th anniversary, John Steinbecks Of Mice and Men received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play in 1937-1938 and has featured a number of actors who have played the iconic roles of George and Lennie on stage and film, including James Earl Jones, John Malkovich and Gary Sinise. 

Of Mice and Men also represents an experiment in form, as Steinbeck described his work, “a kind of playable novel, written in novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands.” A rarity in American letters, it achieved remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films.

The Moon Is Down is Steinbecks masterful play that uncovers profound, often unsettling truths about war and human nature. It tells the story of a peaceable town taken by enemy troops, and had an extraordinary impact as Allied propaganda in Nazi-occupied Europe. This Penguin Classics edition of the theatrical adaptations of Steinbecks two classic short novels are essential to actors, playwrights, filmmakers and directors studying the dramatic work of the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden.

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