Search Results: "John Steinbeck"


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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 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 >

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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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THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT by John Steinbeck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 1961

"It is a fascinating and disturbing book, uncomfortably close to the challenge the average man faces in today's materialistic world."
A major novel — the first since East of Eden — this brings into focus a conflict within a man's personality which will have wide, perhaps too wide, recognition value. 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 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 >

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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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CANNERY ROW by John Steinbeck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 1944

"And one feels that to him, too, they are part of the flavor of a folk legend of today."
I loved it — and to my mind — it fits admirably an immediate need in our season's lists, — the need for a richly patterned story spun out of another layer of that peculiar underworld with which Steinbeck is at his best. Read full book review >

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ONCE THERE WAS A WAR by Mark Bowden
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 17, 1958

"Good journalism, yes, but good literature as well."
Steinbeck's war dispatches were memorable, not perhaps for their historical value as a record but because of the vivid personal angle, the human bits, the vitality of capturing the feel of the war as seen on a troopship, in an airbase in England, behind the lines, and so on. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 1941

"Not likely to add to Steinbeck fans, but will pick up plus market on dual appeal."
Steinbeck might be said to have rescued biology from the laboratory and put it on the layman's reading shelf. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 4, 2002

"More than his familiar, iconic fiction, this collection conveys a real sense of one of our best—and best-loved—writers."
February of next year is the centennial of Steinbeck's birth and, along with new Penguin editions of six of his novels, Viking is offering up this collection from the other, lesser-known, side of his career. 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 >