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A John Steinbeck Encyclopedia by Brian Railsback, Michael Meyer PDF

By Brian Railsback, Michael Meyer

One of many maximum novelists of the twentieth century, John Steinbeck remains to be learn and studied in any respect degrees. This encyclopedia generally overviews his existence and writings. integrated are approximately 1200 alphabetically prepared entries through greater than forty professional individuals. Entries hide his works, significant characters, kin and contemporaries, impacts, and diverse targeted issues on the topic of his literary profession. a number of the entries cite works for extra analyzing, and the encyclopedia closes with a particular, basic bibliography.
Known for his searing social feedback, John Steinbeck is without doubt one of the most well-liked and influential American writers of the 20 th century. His works are learn and studied in any respect degrees and feature been made into movies. And even though critics and students before everything stumbled on fault together with his vastly well known works, he's now broadly acknowledges as a grasp of his craft. This encyclopedia presents an in depth review of his lifestyles and occupation and is on the market to school scholars, undergraduates, and basic readers.
Presented are approximately 1200 alphabetically prepared entries through greater than forty professional participants. those entries conceal his works, significant characters, family and contemporaries, affects, and more than a few certain subject matters.

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1940 Throughout the winter he prepares with Ed Ricketts for a collecting expedition to the Gulf of California, otherwise known as the Sea of Cortez. Leaving Monterey on March 11, the 76-foot Western Flyer, skippered by Tony Berry, stops at various points in the Gulf to catalogue marine specimens and returns on April 20. Carol is on board as cook, but soon that job is taken by crewmember Sparky Enea. The resulting book of the trip, published in 1941 with Steinbeck and Ricketts as co-authors, includes a narrative largely written by Steinbeck that articulates his and Ed’s holistic view.

1931 Spends much of the year in poverty in Pacific Grove, lacking money to travel much, but puts together a short story cycle he has been working at for over a year: The Pastures of Heaven. Steinbeck moves to the agency of McIntosh & Otis—his literary agents for the rest of his life. 1932 The Pastures of Heaven is published by Brewer, Warren, and Putnam in October (the publisher soon goes bankrupt). Reviews, including one from the New York Times Book Review, are favorable, but book sales are slim and do nothing to relieve the Steinbecks’ poverty.

Simmonds. A few representative names of the next generation— those who took Steinbeck scholarship to a broader audience—include Benson, Donald Coers, DeMott, John Ditsky, Mimi Reisel Gladstein, Kiyoshi Nakayama, and John Timmerman. The latest generation of scholars, such as Charles Etheridge and Stephen K. George (president of the New John Steinbeck Society) are here as well. Wherever possible, these contributors were asked to write entries along areas of particular expertise—no one could be better, for example, than British scholar Simmonds on The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights, or DeMott on East of Eden, or Ditsky on The Winter of Our Discontent.

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