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Mad at the World A Life of John Steinbeck

Mad at the World  A Life of John Steinbeck Book
Author : William Souder
Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
Release : 2020-10-13
ISBN : 0393292274
File Size : 52,8 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De

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Winner of the 2021 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2020 in Nonfiction A resonant biography of America’s most celebrated novelist of the Great Depression. The first full-length biography of the Nobel laureate to appear in a quarter century, Mad at the World illuminates what has made the work of John Steinbeck an enduring part of the literary canon: his capacity for empathy. Pulitzer Prize finalist William Souder explores Steinbeck’s long apprenticeship as a writer struggling through the depths of the Great Depression, and his rise to greatness with masterpieces such as The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men, and The Grapes of Wrath. Angered by the plight of the Dust Bowl migrants who were starving even as they toiled to harvest California’s limitless bounty, fascinated by the guileless decency of the downtrodden denizens of Cannery Row, and appalled by the country’s refusal to recognize the humanity common to all of its citizens, Steinbeck took a stand against social injustice—paradoxically given his inherent misanthropy—setting him apart from the writers of the so-called "lost generation." A man by turns quick-tempered, compassionate, and ultimately brilliant, Steinbeck could be a difficult person to like. Obsessed with privacy, he was mistrustful of people. Next to writing, his favorite things were drinking and womanizing and getting married, which he did three times. And while he claimed indifference about success, his mid-career books and movie deals made him a lot of money—which passed through his hands as quickly as it came in. And yet Steinbeck also took aim at the corrosiveness of power, the perils of income inequality, and the urgency of ecological collapse, all of which drive public debate to this day. Steinbeck remains our great social realist novelist, the writer who gave the dispossessed and the disenfranchised a voice in American life and letters. Eloquent, nuanced, and deeply researched, Mad at the World captures the full measure of the man and his work.

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men Book
Author : John Steinbeck
Publisher : Lulu.com
Release : 1937
ISBN : 0359199143
File Size : 51,9 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De

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Tells a story about the strange relationship of two migrant workers who are able to realize their dreams of an easy life until one of them succumbs to his weakness for soft, helpless creatures and strangles a farmer's wife.

Reclaiming John Steinbeck

Reclaiming John Steinbeck Book
Author : Gavin Jones
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2021-06-10
ISBN : 110884412X
File Size : 24,7 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De

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A reevaluation of John Steinbeck exploring his timely interests in climate change, ecology, and social injustice.

Tortilla Flat

Tortilla Flat Book
Author : John Steinbeck
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 1986
ISBN : 9780140042405
File Size : 40,6 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De

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Danny, a mule skinner during the First World War, returns to Tortilla Flat to enjoy the carefree and amoral life of the paisano

Steinbeck

Steinbeck Book
Author : John Steinbeck
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 1989-04-01
ISBN : 144067387X
File Size : 48,5 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De

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"Surely his most interesting, plausibly his most memorable, and . . . arguably his best book" —The New York Times Book Review For John Steinbeck, who hated the telephone, letter-writing was a preparation for work and a natural way for him to communicate his thoughts on people he liked and hated; on marriage, women, and children; on the condition of the world; and on his progress in learning his craft. Opening with letters written during Steinbeck's early years in California, and closing with a 1968 note written in Sag Herbor, New York, Steinbeck: A Life in Letters reveals the inner thoughts and rough character of this American author as nothing else has and as nothing else ever will. "The reader will discover as much about the making of a writer and the creative process, as he will about Steinbeck. And that's a lot." —Los Angeles Herald-Examiner "A rewarding book of enduring interest, this becomes a major part of the Steinbeck canon." —The Wall Street Journal

My Life with John Steinbeck

My Life with John Steinbeck Book
Author : Gwyn Conger Steinbeck,Douglas Brown
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2018-09-06
ISBN : 9781999675219
File Size : 26,9 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De

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A memoir written by Gwyn Steinbeck of her life, first as the mistress of the Nobel prize-winning author, their affair, their riotous marriage in New Orleans, their numerous moves and times apart. She tells of his attitude to her and their chlidren, before she divorced him in 1949, due to his boorish treatment and unreasonable behavior.

The Short Novels of John Steinbeck

The Short Novels of John Steinbeck Book
Author : John Steinbeck
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 2009-07-08
ISBN : 1101138874
File Size : 25,8 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De

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A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of Steinbeck's brilliant short novels Collected here for the first time in a deluxe paperback volume are six of John Steinbeck's most widely read and beloved novels. From the tale of commitment, loneliness and hope in Of Mice and Men, to the 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 stories of realism, that were imbued with energy and resilience. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

On a Farther Shore

On a Farther Shore Book
Author : William Souder
Publisher : Crown
Release : 2013-09-03
ISBN : 0307462218
File Size : 52,7 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De

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A New York Times Notable Book of 2012 Rachel Carson loved the ocean and wrote three books about its mysteries. But it was with her fourth book, Silent Spring, that this unassuming biologist transformed our relationship with the natural world. Silent Spring was a chilling indictment of DDT and other pesticides that until then had been hailed as safe and wondrously effective. It was Carson who sifted through all the evidence, documenting with alarming clarity the collateral damage to fish, birds, and other wildlife; revealing the effects of these new chemicals to be lasting, widespread, and lethal. Silent Spring shocked the public and forced the government to take action, despite a withering attack on Carson from the chemicals industry. It awakened the world to the heedless contamination of the environment and eventually led to the establishment of the EPA and to the banning of DDT. By drawing frightening parallels between dangerous chemicals and the then-pervasive fallout from nuclear testing, Carson opened a fault line between the gentle ideal of conservation and the more urgent new concept of environmentalism. Elegantly written and meticulously researched, On a Farther Shore reveals a shy yet passionate woman more at home in the natural world than in the literary one that embraced her. William Souder also writes sensitively of Carson's romantic friendship with Dorothy Freeman, and of Carson's death from cancer in 1964. This extraordinary new biography captures the essence of one of the great reformers of the twentieth century.