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By Brian Railsback, Michael Meyer

ISBN-10: 0313296693

ISBN-13: 9780313296697

One of many maximum novelists of the 20 th century, John Steinbeck is still learn and studied in any respect degrees. This encyclopedia generally overviews his existence and writings. integrated are approximately 1200 alphabetically prepared entries by means of greater than forty specialist participants. Entries conceal his works, significant characters, family and contemporaries, affects, and numerous certain subject matters regarding his literary profession. a number of the entries cite works for additional analyzing, and the encyclopedia closes with a particular, basic bibliography.
Known for his searing social feedback, John Steinbeck is among the preferred and influential American writers of the twentieth century. His works are learn and studied in any respect degrees and feature been made into motion pictures. And notwithstanding critics and students at first chanced on fault together with his vastly renowned works, he's now greatly acknowledges as a grasp of his craft. This encyclopedia presents an in depth evaluation of his lifestyles and profession and is available to highschool scholars, undergraduates, and basic readers.
Presented are approximately 1200 alphabetically prepared entries by means of greater than forty specialist members. those entries hide his works, significant characters, kin and contemporaries, impacts, and various exact subject matters.

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It is asked of his readers as well. Unlike most of us, John, while growing up, did not rebel so much against his parents, whom he loved dearly, as he did against a narrow, provincial social environment; Salinas, and what it stood for to him emotionally, gradually became part of his geographical metaphor. Characteristics of the white middle class in Salinas and the surrounding area, as we see in many of the stories in The Long Valley, are tidy gardens and farms, carefully maintained, enclosed, and uniform.

He comes to school already with a love of books, thanks to a household where books are important and his parents and older sisters read to him. This sets Steinbeck’s lifelong love of reading: “I guess there are never enough books,” he writes years later. As a child, he is introduced to the Bible, which will have a profound impact on his writing style. Other important works include Paradise Lost, Pilgrim’s Progress, the works of Romantic writers such as Walter Scott, the works of Shakespeare, and Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur.

Adding Steinbeck’s name to the prestigious Greenwood literary encyclopedias puts the author on the shelf next to such writers as William Faulkner and Henry James. Not long after I signed the contract, one of the foremost Steinbeck critics, Warren French, wrote me a kind letter with the caution that I had no idea what I was getting into. I had some idea—I knew that Jackson J. Benson’s wonderful biography of Steinbeck had taken thirteen years to complete. Yet I was an assistant professor of English at the time, full of enthusiasm, and ready to knock out this book in two or three years.

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