October 1, 1992
October 1, 1992
Today, nearly forty years after his death, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck remains one of Americaâ's greatest writers and cultural figures. We have begun publishing his many works for the first time as blackspine Penguin Classics featuring eye-catching, newly commissioned art. This season we continue with the seven spectacular and influential books East of Eden, Cannery Row, In Dubious Battle, The Long Valley, The Moon Is Down, The Pastures of Heaven, and Tortilla Flat. Penguin Classics is proud to present these seminal works to a new generation of readersâ?and to the many who revisit them again and again.
John Steinbeck's last significant work of fiction (1952), a huge family saga based on the book of Genesis, is set in the Salinas Valley of the author's youth. Beginning with the purchase of a parcel of rich California farmland by Samuel Hamilton, who comes from Ireland with his wife, EAST OF EDEN traces the turbulent lives of the Hamilton and Trask families from the Civil War to the end of World War I. Adam Trask marries a prostitute who bears him twin sons--the Cain and Abel figures--and their rivalry shadows the second half of the novel, culminating in tragedy. Steinbeck had hoped to revive his failing career with this epic work, but though a best-seller, EAST OF EDEN was not well received by critics. However, because of its epic sweep and dramatic story, as well as its function as a virtual history of the Salinas Valley, the book has endured as an American classic. It was made into a memorable movie in 1955, directed by Elia Kazan and starring James Dean.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes
Sub-Genre: Book Notes
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Book Notes
- Publisher: Penguin Classics
- Edition: Reissue
- Language: English
- Release Date: October 1, 1992
- Author: John Steinbeck
- Online Item #: 11394542
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-01-4938
- ISBN: 9780140186390
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported