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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SWEET THURSDAY by John Steinbeck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 1954

"But meantime- welcome back to Cannery Row."
Perhaps Cannery Row was not top Steinbeck, but I loved it, and the characters live today as vividly as when I first met them in his pages, ten years ago. Read full book review >

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THE WAYWARD BUS by John Steinbeck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1946

"Because what he does well, he does so extraordinarily well, it is all the more appalling when he descends to the depths of vulgarity."
Evidently even John Steinbeck "takes a walk" now and then. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 27, 1942

"Not as tight writing as Steinbeck usually does — but good reading."
Call it a propaganda film — made to order for the U. S. Army Air Forces — and sold (for the Aid Society Trust Fund) at a phenomenal figure. Read full book review >

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THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 1939

"One half of dealer's orders to be filled with firsts."
This is the sort of book that stirs one so deeply that it is almost impossible to attempt to convey the impression it leaves. Read full book review >