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Pastures of Heaven by James Nagel
Book DescriptionJohn Steinbeck's beautifully rendered depictions of the small yet fateful moments that transform ordinary lives in these early stories introduce both the subjects and style of artistic expression that recur in the most important works of his career. Each of these self-contained stories is linked to the others by the presence of the Munroes, a family whose miguided behavior and lack of sensitivity precipitate disasters and tragedies, intellectual limitations, and emotional vulnerabilities that shape the characters' reactions and gradually erode the harmony and dreams that once formed the foundation of their community.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140187489
(198mm x 128mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Penguin Putnam Inc
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Publish Date: 27-Apr-1995
Country of Publication: United States
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A collection of interconnected tales devoted to a family living in a fertile valley on the outskirts of Monterey, California, and the effects that one particular family has on them all.
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Author Biography - James Nagel
John Steinbeck, born in Salinas, California, in 1902, grew up in a fertile agricultural valley, about twenty-five miles from the Pacific Coast. Both the valley and the coast would serve as settings for some of his best fiction. In 1919 he went to Stanford University, where he intermittently enrolled in literature and writing courses until he left in 1925 without taking a degree. During the next five years he supported himself as a laborer and journalist in New York City, all the time working on his first novel, "Cup of Gold"(1929). After marriage and a move to Pacific Grove, he published two California books, "The Pastures of Heaven"(1932) and"To a God Unknown"(1933), and worked on short stories later collected in"The Long Valley"(1938). Popular success and financial security came only with"Tortilla Flat"(1935), stories about Monterey s paisanos. A ceaseless experimenter throughout his career, Steinbeck changed courses regularly. Three powerful novels of the late 1930s focused on the California laboring class: "In Dubious Battle"(1936), "Of Mice and Men"(1937), and the book considered by many his finest, "The Grapes of Wrath"(1939)."The Grapes of Wrath"won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1939. Early in the 1940s, Steinbeck became a filmmaker with"The Forgotten Village"(1941) and a serious student of marine biology with"Sea of Cortez"(1941). He devoted his services to the war, writing Bombs Away (1942) and the controversial play-novelette"The Moon is Down"(1942)."Cannery Row"(1945), "The Wayward Bus"(1948), another experimental drama, "Burning Bright"(1950), and"The Log from the Sea of Cortez"(1951) preceded publication of the monumental"East of Eden"(1952), an ambitious saga of the Salinas Valley and his own family s history. The last decades of his life were spent in New York City and Sag Harbor with his third wife, with whom he traveled widely. Later books include"Sweet Thursday"(1954), "The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication"(1957), "Once There Was a War"(1958), "The Winter of Our Discontent"(1961), "Travels with Charley in Search of America"(1962), "America and Americans"(1966), and the posthumously published"Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters"(1969), "Viva Zapata!"(1975), "The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights"(1976), and"Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath"(1989). Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962, and, in 1964, he was presented with the United States Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Steinbeck died in New York in 1968. Today, more than thirty years after his death, he remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures. James Nagel, Edison Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Georgia, has edited several collections on the works of Ernest Hemingway, Stephen Crane, and Hamlin Garland, as well as the Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics edition of John Steinbeck's"Pastures of Heaven.""
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