The Grapes of Wrath is a novel published in 1939 and written by John Steinbeck, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on a poor family of sharecroppers, the Joads, driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, and changes in the agriculture industry. In a nearly hopeless situation, partly because they were trapped in the Dust Bowl, they set out for California along with thousands of other “Okies” in search of land, jobs and dignity. When preparing to write the novel, Steinbeck wrote: “I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this [the Great Depression and its effects].” The book won Steinbeck a large following amongst ordinary people and the working class, partly due to the book's sympathy to the worker's movement and its accessible style.
The Grapes of Wrath is frequently read in American high school and college literature classes. A celebrated Hollywood film version, starring Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford, was made in 1940; the endings of the book and the movie differ greatly.
Just as the Iron Curtain fell on Eastern Europe, Steinbeck and Capa began a remarkable journey through the Soviet Union. Their travels took them to Moscow and Stalingrad. What they saw and recorded was what Steinbeck called the "great other side", the ordinary lives of Russian men and women. Combining Steinbeck's compassion, humour and eye for detail with Capa's photographic studies, this text is a unique potrait of Russia and its people as they emerged from the ravages of war. Here too is an intimate glimpse of two great artists at work.
This novel takes place in the eponymous Cannery Row, a place made up of ’junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honky tonks, restaurants and whore houses, and little crowded groceries, and laboratories and flophouses’. Although there is a narrative trajectory — the desire of Mack and the other boys living at the Palace Flophouse to throw a party for their friend and benefactor, Doc — the plot of this novel is really that plot of land Steinbeck describes so well.
Sweet Thursday is a 1954 novel by John Steinbeck. It is a sequel to Cannery Row and set in the years after the end of World War II. According to the author, “Sweet Thursday” is the day after Lousy Wednesday and the day before Waiting Friday.
Steinbeck’s last great novel focuses on the theme of success and what motivates men towards it. Reflecting back on his New England family’s past fortune, and his father’s loss of the family wealth, the hero, Ethan Allen Hawley, characterizes success in every era and in all its forms as robbery, murder, even a kind of combat, operating under “the laws of controlled savagery”.
Lennie serra les doigts, se cramponna aux cheveux. - Lâche-moi, cria-t-elle. Mais lâche-moi donc. Lennie était affolé. Son visage se contractait. Elle se mit à hurler et, de l'autre main, il lui couvrit la bouche et le nez. - Non, j'vous en prie, supplia-t-il. Oh, j'vous en prie, ne faites pas ça. George se fâcherait. Elle se débattait vigoureusement sous ses mains... - Oh, je vous en prie, ne faites pas ça, supplia-t-il. George va dire que j'ai encore fait quelque chose de mal. Il m'laissera pas soigner les lapins.
Collected here for the first time in a deluxe paperback volume are six of John Steinbeck's most widely read and beloved novels-*Tortilla Flat, The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men, The Moon Is Down, Cannery Row*, and *The Pearl*. From Steinbeck's tale of commitment, loneliness, and hope in *Of Mice and Men*, to his tough yet charming portrait of people on the margins of society in *Cannery Row,* to *The Pearl'*s examination of the fallacy of the American dream, Steinbeck created stories that were realistic, rugged, and imbued with energy and resilience.
A STANDOUT in the Steinbeck canon, Cup of Gold is edgy and adventurous, brash and distrustful of society, and sure to add a new dimension to the common perception of this all-American writer. Steinbeck's first novel and sole work of historical fiction contains themes that resonate throughout the author's prodigious body of work. From the mid-1650s through the 1660s, Henry Morgan, a pirate and outlaw of legendary viciousness, ruled the Spanish Main. He ravaged the coasts of Cuba and America, striking terror wherever he went. And he had two driving ambitions: to possess the beautiful woman called La Santa Roja, and to conquer Panama, the "cup of gold."
Een arme pachtersfamilie in Oklahoma wordt evenals vele lotgenoten in de jaren dertig werkloos. In de hoop in Californië, het land van zon en wijn, werk en geluk te vinden, trekken zij met een oude vrachtauto weg. De bittere werkelijkheid is geheel anders; een confrontatie met duizenden werklozen die onder dezelfde valse voorspiegelingen daarheen zijn gelokt en die voor steeds lagere lonen zullen gaan werken om niet van de honger om te komen.
Dit verhaal speelt in het milieu van de losse fruitplukkers in het westen van de V.S.. Met hun vrouwen en kinderen trekken deze mannen daarheen, waar de oogst rijp is en zij dan een karig loon kunnen verdienen. Hoe groot zij ook in aantal zijn altijd zijn zij overgeleverd aan de willekeur van de enkelen die eigen rijkdom en bezit voorop stellen en het heft stevig in handen hebben. Ook strijdbare en idealistische figuren als Mac en Jim die een staking forceren, staan hier machteloos, hoe verbeten zij ook trachten het recht van de massa op een menswaardig bestaan te doen zegevieren over macht en corruptie.
Jim bekoopt deze strijd met de dood. - Mac, de harde man van de praktijk, zal het offer dat Jim bracht, uitbuiten om de verdrukten samen te smeden tot eens het doel bereikt zal zijn.
Een onvergetelijke uitbeelding van het gistende Amerika tijdens de crisisjaren, een bitter, eerlijk boek waarin Steinbecks liefde voor zijn medemens en zijn comapssie met de vertrapten op ontroerende wijze tot uiting komen.
Van muizen en mensen is een klassieker in de wereldliteratuur. Tijdens de crisis van de jaren dertig van de vorige eeuw proberen de dagloners George en Lennie het hoofd boven water te houden. Op het platteland van de Verenigde Staten trekken zij van farm naar farm, maar elke keer zorgt de zwakzinnige Lennie voor problemen die George moet oplossen. Op de volgende ranch lijkt alles goed te gaan, maar Curley, de zoon van de baas, is nogal opvliegend van aard. En bovendien kan Lennie zijn ogen niet van Curley's vrouw afhouden.
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.
In his first novel to follow the publication of his enormous success, The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck’s vision comes wonderfully to life in this imaginative and unsentimental chronicle of a bus traveling California’s back roads, transporting the lost and the lonely, the good and the greedy, the stupid and the scheming, the beautiful and the vicious away from their shattered dreams and, possibly, toward the promise of the future. This edition features an introduction by Gary Scharnhorst.
From a swashbuckling pirate fantasy to a meditation on American morality—two classic Steinbeck novels make their black spine debutsIN AWARDING John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with The Winter of Our Discontent, he had “resumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American. ”Ethan Allen Hawley, the protagonist of the novel, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With the decline in their status, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards.
From a swashbuckling pirate fantasy to a meditation on American morality—two classic Steinbeck novels make their black spine debuts
IN AWARDING John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with The Winter of Our Discontent, he had “resumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American.”
Ethan Allen Hawley, the protagonist of the novel, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With the decline in their status, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards.
About the Author
Susan Shillinglaw is a professor of English and scholar-in- residence at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California. Her most recent book is A Journey into Steinbeck’s California.
Steinbeck's only work of fantasy literature-in an illustrated deluxe edition
John Steinbeck's retelling of Malory's beloved Arthurian stories will capture the attention and imagination of legions of Steinbeck fans, including those who love Arthurian romances, as well as countless readers of science fiction and fantasy literature. Featuring the icons of Arthurian legend-including King Arthur, Merlin, Morgan le Fay, the incomparable Queen Guinevere, and Arthur's purest knight, Sir Lancelot of the Lake-these enduring tales of loyalty and betrayal in the time of Camelot flicker with the wonder and magic of an era past but not forgotten.
Amid the honky-tonks and sardine canneries of Monterey, California, a motley band forms a colorful—even idyllic—world of its own. Unburdened by the material necessities of the more fortunate, the denizens of Cannery Row discover rewards unknown in more traditional society. Henry the painter sorts through junk lots for pieces of wood to incorporate into the boat he is building, while the girls from Dora Flood's bordello venture out now and then to enjoy a bit of sunshine. Lee Chong stocks his grocery with almost anything a man could want, and Doc, a young marine biologist who ministers to sick puppies and unhappy souls, unexpectedly finds true love. Cannery Row is just a few blocks long, but the story it harbors is suffused with warmth, understanding, and a great fund of human values. First published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is—both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. John Steinbeck draws on his memories of the...
This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families--the Trasks and the Hamiltons--whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. A strange and original work of art.
EDITORIAL REVIEW: Recently listed in the Top 100 List of the Century's Best American Journalism Gathered in this important volume are seven newspaper articles on migrant farm workers that John Steinbeck wrote for "The San Francisco News" in 1936, three years before _The Grapes of Wrath_. With the inquisitiveness of an investigative reporter and the emotional power of a novelist in his prime, Steinbeck toured the squatters' camps and Hoovervilles of California. Here he found once strong, independent farmers—the backbone of rural America—so reduced in dignity, beaten in spirit, sick, sullen, and defeated that they had been "cast down to a kind of subhumanity." He contrasts their misery with the hope offered by government resettlement camps, where self-help committees, child nurseries, quilting and sewing projects, and decent sanitation were restoring dignity and indeed saving lives. _The Harvest Gypsies_ gives us an eyewitness account of the horrendous Dust Bowl migration, a major event in California history, and provides the factual foundation for Steinbeck's masterpiece, _The Grapes of Wrath_. Included are twenty-two photographs by Dorothea Lange and others, many of which accompanied Steinbeck's original articles.
EDITORIAL REVIEW: Today, nearly forty years after his death, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck remains one of America’s greatest writers and cultural figures. We have begun publishing his many works for the first time as blackspine Penguin Classics featuring eye-catching, newly commissioned art. This season we continue with the seven spectacular and influential books *East of Eden, Cannery Row, In Dubious Battle, The Long Valley, The Moon Is Down, The Pastures of Heaven*, and *Tortilla Flat*. Penguin Classics is proud to present these seminal works to a new generation of readers—and to the many who revisit them again and again.
They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of lonelinss and alienation. Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him. "A thriller, a gripping tale...that you will not set down until it is finished. Steinbeck has touched the quick." —The New York Times
Nobel laureate John Steinbeck's bracing from-the-frontlines account of World War II-now with a new cover and introduction In 1943 John Steinbeck was on assignment for The New York Herald Tribune, writing from Italy and North Africa, and from England in the midst of the London blitz. In his dispatches he focuses on the human-scale effect of the war, portraying everyone from the guys in a bomber crew to Bob Hope on his USO tour and even fighting alongside soldiers behind enemy lines. Taken together, these writings create an indelible portrait of life in wartime.