Search Results: "John Steinbeck"


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JOHN STEINBECK by Catherine Reef
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 22, 1996

"Mexican- Americans and hoboes'' will certainly kindle an interest in one who is, to too many readers, just another piece of homework. (b&w photos, bibliography, index) (Biography. 12-15)"
In this captivating portrait of the restless, versatile Steinbeck, Reef follows up her stellar Walt Whitman (1995) by illuminating the life and work of another wayward icon of the American cultural scene. Read full book review >

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JOHN STEINBECK by Jay Parini
Released: Jan. 25, 1995

"Parini's persuasive and lucid biography creates a vivid diptych of a turbulent individual and a neglected paragon of American letters. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Filtering out the mythic anecdotes that have built up around Steinbeck, Parini (The Last Station, 1990, etc.) presents a straightforwardly readable portrait and assessment of one of the last practitioners of the Great American Novel. Read full book review >

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Released: June 15, 1953

"To many who came late to the banquet, here are some they may have missed."
Literary Guild selection for October pinpoints the importance of this republication in a single volume of the shorter novels, including Tortilla Flat. Read full book review >

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STEINBECK by John Steinbeck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2002

"We won't argue."
A collection of Steinbeck novels from his last notable period, which ends with his ambitious Salinas Valley epic, East of Eden, published when he was 50. Read full book review >

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STEINBECK IN VIETNAM by John Steinbeck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 19, 2012

"Sometimes Steinbeckian in texture and bite, but often tone-deaf, tendentious and surpassingly sad."
A collection of the pro-war pieces filed from Southeast Asia for Newsday by the Nobel laureate not long before his death. Read full book review >

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Released: April 14, 1989

"Admirably compiled and annotated by DeMott, and a must for Steinbeck fans, this is an otherwise modest literary treat."
A pleasant trove of work notes released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath. Read full book review >

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THE ACTS OF KING ARTHUR AND HIS NOBLE KNIGHTS by John Steinbeck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 1976

"The present version remains an erratically charming curiosity."
"Jehan Stynebec" maintained a lifelong devotion to the 15th-century minor hoodlum and "knyght presoner, sir Thomas Malleorre," and long cherished the idea of retelling the Matter of Arthur for our time. Read full book review >

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THE MOON IS DOWN by John Steinbeck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 1942

"An extraordinary achievement."
This seems a simple — almost an obvious book — until its overtones and undertones begin to do their deadly work. Read full book review >

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THE SHORT REIGN OF PIPPIN IV by John Steinbeck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1957

"But for the most part, the Steinbeck audience will be let down- and others who seek new flavors may not find it sufficiently tart for their taste."
Frankly, I don't know what John Steinbeck was up to in writing this extravaganza, this dubious satire on French politics. Read full book review >

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EAST OF EDEN by John Steinbeck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 1952

"But John Steinbeck, the philosopher, dominates his material and brings it into sharply moral focus."
Tremendous in scope- tremendous in depth of penetration- and as different a Steinbeck as the Steinbeck of Burning Bright was from the Steinbeck of Grates of th. Read full book review >

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THE LOG FROM THE SEA OF CORTEZ by John Steinbeck
NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1951

"Ricketts died three years ago and this edition carries a recently written profile tribute by Steinbeck."
This is to announce a re-issue of the beautiful book, originally published in 1941, of an expedition made to the Gulf of California by Ed Ricketts, a biologist, and the novelist. Read full book review >

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THE PEARL by John Steinbeck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 24, 1947

"A parable, this, with no attempt to add to its simple pattern."
Steinbeck's peculiarly intense simplicity of technique is admirably displayed in this vignette — a simple, tragic tale of Mexican little people, a story retold by the pearl divers of a fishing hamlet until it has the quality of folk legend. Read full book review >