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Of Mice and Men and the Moon Is Downby John Steinbeck
Synopses & Reviews
Two devastating short novels adapted for the stage by Steinbeck himself
This Penguin Classics edition celebrates Steinbecks dramatic adaptations of his most powerful short novels, Of Mice and Men and The Moon Is Down, featuring a foreword by award-winning actor James Earl Jones.
Of Mice and Men represents an experiment in form as Steinbeck put it, 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. Of Mice and Men received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play in 1937-1938. A number of acclaimed actors have interpreted the iconic roles of George and Lennie for stage and screen, including James Earl Jones, John Malkovich and Gary Sinise.
The Moon Is Down 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 is 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.
Steinbeck's theatrical adaptations of two of his most powerful short novels, now together in one volume
A unique treat for Steinbeck fans, this volume includes two extraordinary plays from a master of American literature. Of Mice and Men is the dramatic adaptation of one of Steinbeck's most widely read and beloved works. Originally published at the height of Nazi Germany's power, The Moon Is Down is a 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.
About the Author
John Steinbeck (1902-1968), one of the most prolific and influential authors of his generation, received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962.
James Earl Jones is a legendary actor of both film and stage and has been featured in acclaimed movies and plays since the 1950s. He lives in Pawling, New York.
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