John Steinbeck

1 Of Mice and Men

Author : John Steinbeck & Susan Shillinglaw
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  1937-01-01
Description :  <b>A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression</b><br /><br /> Over seventy-five years since its first publication, Steinbeck’s tale of commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss remains one of America’s most widely read and taught novels. An unlikely pair, George and Lennie, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression, grasp for their American Dream. They hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.<br /><br /> <i>Of Mice and Men </i>represents an experiment in form, which Steinbeck described as “a kind of playable novel, written in a novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands.” A rarity in American letters, it achieved remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films. This edition features an introduction by Susan Shillinglaw, one of today’s leading Steinbeck scholars.<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

2 The Grapes of Wrath

Author : John Steinbeck & Robert DeMott
Genre :  Classics  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary  Historical 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  1939-01-01
Description :  <b>The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized—and sometimes outraged—millions of readers.</b><br /><br />First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads—driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity.&#xa0;A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America.&#xa0;At once a naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s powerful landmark novel is perhaps the most American of American Classics.<br /><br />This Centennial edition, specially designed to commemorate one hundred years of Steinbeck, features french flaps and deckle-edged pages.<br /><br />For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500&#xa0;titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the&#xa0;series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date&#xa0;translations by award-winning translators.

3 East of Eden

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Classics  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $16.99
Release Date :  2002-02-05
Description :  <b>A masterpiece of Biblical scope, and the magnum opus of one of America’s most enduring authors, in a commemorative hardcover edition</b><br />&#xa0;<br />In his journal, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck called <i>East of Eden</i> "the first book," and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth. Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.<br /><br />The masterpiece of Steinbeck’s later years, <i>East of Eden</i> is a work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence. Adapted for the 1955 film directed by Elia Kazan introducing James Dean, and read by thousands as the book that brought Oprah’s Book Club back, East of Eden has remained vitally present in American culture for over half a century.

4 The Pearl

Author : John Steinbeck, Linda Wagner-Martin & Jose Clemente Orozco
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  1993-02-01
Description :  <b>“There it lay, the great pearl, perfect as the moon.”</b><br />&#xa0;<br />Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull's egg, as "perfect as the moon." With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security....<br /><br />A story of classic simplicity, based on a Mexican folk tale, <i>The Pearl</i> explores the secrets of man's nature, the darkest depths of evil, and the luminous possibilities of love.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

5 Cannery Row

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  1945-01-02
Description :  <b>Steinbeck's tough yet charming portrait of people on the margins of society, dependant on one another for both physical and emotional survival</b><br /><br /> Published in 1945, <b><i>Cannery Row</i></b><i> </i>focuses on the acceptance of life as it is: both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. Drawing on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, including longtime friend Ed Ricketts, Steinbeck interweaves the stories of Doc, Dora, Mack and his boys, Lee Chong, and the other characters in this world where only the fittest survive, to create a novel that is at once one of his most humorous and poignant works. In her introduction, Susan Shillinglaw shows how the novel expresses, both in style and theme, much that is essentially Steinbeck: “scientific detachment, empathy toward the lonely and depressed…and, at the darkest level…the terror of isolation and nothingness.”<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

6 Travels with Charley in Search of America

Author : John Steinbeck & Jay Parini
Genre :  Essays & Memoirs  Books  Travel & Adventure  Biographies & Memoirs  History  United States 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  1962-07-27
Description :  <b>An intimate journey across and in search of America, as told by one of its most beloved writers, in a deluxe centennial edition</b><br /><br /> In September 1960, John Steinbeck embarked on a journey across America. He felt that he might have lost touch with the country, with its speech, the smell of its grass and trees, its color and quality of light, the pulse of its people. To reassure himself, he set out on a voyage of rediscovery of the American identity, accompanied by a distinguished French poodle named Charley; and riding in a three-quarter-ton pickup truck named Rocinante.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> His course took him through almost forty states: northward from Long Island to Maine; through the Midwest to Chicago; onward by way of Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana (with which he fell in love), and Idaho to Seattle, south to San Francisco and his birthplace, Salinas; eastward through the Mojave, New Mexico, Arizona, to the vast hospitality of Texas, to New Orleans and a shocking drama of desegregation; finally, on the last leg, through Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to New York.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <i>Travels with Charley in Search of America</i> is an intimate look at one of America's most beloved writers in the later years of his life—a self-portrait of a man who never wrote an explicit autobiography. Written during a time of upheaval and racial tension in the South—which Steinbeck witnessed firsthand—<i>Travels with Charley</i> is a stunning evocation of America on the eve of a tumultuous decade.&#xa0;This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition also features French flaps and deckle-edged paper.<br /><br />For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500&#xa0;titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the&#xa0;series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date&#xa0;translations by award-winning translators.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

7 The Winter of Our Discontent

Author : John Steinbeck & Susan Shillinglaw
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics  Family 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  1982-06-24
Description :  <b>The final novel of one of America’s most beloved writers—a tale of degeneration, corruption, and spiritual crisis</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> In awarding John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with <i>The Winter of Our Discontent</i>, he had “resumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American.”&#xa0;Ethan Allen Hawley, the protagonist of Steinbeck’s last novel, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With Ethan no longer a member of Long Island’s aristocratic class, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards.&#xa0;Set in Steinbeck’s contemporary 1960 America, the novel explores the tenuous line between private and public honesty, and today ranks alongside his most acclaimed works of penetrating insight into the American condition. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by leading Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw.<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

8 The Red Pony

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  1993-02-01
Description :  Raised on a ranch in northern California, Jody is well-schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher's life. He is used to the way of horses, too; but nothing has prepared him for the special connection he will forge with Gabilan, the hot-tempered pony his father gives him. With Billy Buck, the hired hand, Jody tends and trains his horse, restlessly anticipating the moment he will sit high upon Gabilan's saddle. But when Gabilan falls ill, Jody discovers there are still lessons he must learn about the ways of nature and, particularly, the ways of man.

9 Tortilla Flat

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics  Historical 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1977-04-28
Description :  Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, John Steinbeck created a “Camelot” on a shabby hillside above the town of Monterey, California, and peopled it with a colorful band of knights. At the center of the tale is Danny, whose house, like Arthur’s castle, becomes a gathering place for men looking for adventure, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging—men who fiercely resist the corrupting tide of honest toil and civil rectitude.<br />&#xa0;<br />As Nobel Prize winner Steinbeck chronicles their deeds—their multiple lovers, their wonderful brawls, their Rabelaisian wine-drinking—he spins a tale as compelling and ultimately as touched by sorrow as the famous legends of the Round Table, which inspired him.

10 The Moon Is Down

Author : John Steinbeck & Donald V. Coers
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Classics  Historical 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  1942-01-01
Description :  <b>Occupied by enemy troops, a small, peaceable town comes face-to-face with evil imposed from the outside—and betrayal born within the close-knit community</b><br /><br /> In this masterful tale set in Norway during World War II, Steinbeck explores the effects of invasion on both the conquered and the conquerors. As he delves into the emotions of the German commander and the Norwegian traitor, and depicts the spirited patriotism of the Norwegian underground, Steinbeck uncovers profound, often unsettling truths about war—and about human nature.<br />Nobel Prize winner John<b> </b>Steinbeck’s self-described “celebration of the durability of democracy” had an extraordinary impact as Allied propaganda in Nazi-occupied Europe. Despite Axis efforts to suppress it (in Fascist Italy, mere possession of the book was punishable by death), <b>The Moon is Down</b><i> </i>was secretly translated into French, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, German, Italian and Russian; hundreds of thousands of copies circulated throughout Europe, making it by far the most popular piece of propaganda under the occupation. Few literary works of our time have demonstrated so triumphantly the power of ideas in the face of cold steel and brute force. This edition features an introduction by Donald V. Coers.<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

11 Of Mice and Men: Teacher's Deluxe Edition (Enhanced Edition)

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2013-01-03
Description :  John Steinbeck’s tale of commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss—now an eBook enhanced with exclusive content for teachers, students and group discussions, including ten exclusive video clips for classroom discussions tied to questions included in the eBook, and an American Dream assignment.<br /><br /> Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck’s <i>Of Mice and Men</i> remains one of America's most widely read and taught novels. An unlikely pair, George and Lennie, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression, grasp for their American Dream.<br /><br /> Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.<br /><br /> <b><i>Of Mice and Men: Teacher’s Edition</i> includes the following:</b><br /><br /> • An introduction and suggested further reading by Susan Shillinglaw, a professor of English at San Jose State University and Scholar-in-Residence at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas<br /> • The poem “To a Mouse, On Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough, November 1785” by Robert Burns (the original source of Steinbeck’s title <i>Of Mice and Men</i>)<br /> • The 1962 Nobel Banquet Speech by John Steinbeck<br /> • An exclusive audio interview with award-winning actor James Earl Jones on his stage performances in <i>Of Mice and Men</i><br /> • ten exclusive videos of students on major themes from the novel tied to group discussion questions included in the eBook, and an American Dream assignment, for the ultimate educational experience<br /> &#xa0;

12 The Short Novels of John Steinbeck

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics  Short Stories 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2009-07-08
Description :  <b>A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of Steinbeck's brilliant short novels</b><br /><br />Collected here for the first time in a deluxe paperback volume are six of John Steinbeck's most widely read and beloved novels. From the tale of commitment, loneliness and hope in Of Mice and Men, to the tough yet charming portrait of people on the margins of society in Cannery Row, to The Pearl's examination of the fallacy of the American dream, Steinbeck stories of realism, that were imbued with energy and resilience.<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

13 Sweet Thursday

Author : John Steinbeck & Robert DeMott
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Romance  Historical  Classics 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  1954-01-01
Description :  In Monterey, on the California coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday, which is one of those days that are just naturally bad. Returning to the scene of <b>Cannery Row</b>—the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey, John Steinbeck once more brings to life the denizens of a netherworld of laughter and tears—from Doc, based on Steinbeck’s lifelong friend Ed Ricketts, to Fauna, new headmistress of the local brothel, to Hazel, a bum whose mother must have wanted a daughter. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by Robert DeMott.<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

14 In Dubious Battle

Author : John Steinbeck & Warren French
Genre :  Classics  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  1936-01-01
Description :  <b>A riveting novel of labor strife and apocalyptic violence, now a major motion picture starring James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Selena Gomez, and Zach Braff<br /><br /></b>At once a relentlessly fast-paced, admirably observed novel of social unrest and the story of a young man's struggle for identity,<i> In Dubious Battle </i>is set in the California apple country, where a strike by migrant workers against rapacious landowners spirals out of control, as a principled defiance metamorphoses&#xa0;into blind fanaticism. Caught in the upheaval is Jim Nolan, a once aimless man who find himself in the course of the strike, briefly becomes its leader, and is ultimately crushed in its service.<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

15 To a God Unknown

Author : John Steinbeck & Robert DeMott
Genre :  Classics  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  1933-01-01
Description :  Ancient pagan beliefs, the great Greek epics, and the Bible all inform this extraordinary novel by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck, which occupied him for more than five difficult years. While fulfilling his dead father’s dream of creating a prosperous farm in California, Joseph Wayne comes to believe that a magnificent tree on the farm embodies his father’s spirit. His brothers and their families share in Joseph’s prosperity, and the farm flourishes—until one brother, frightened by Joseph’s pagan belief, kills the tree, allowing disease and famine to descend on the farm. Set in familiar Steinbeck country, <b>To a God Unknown</b> is a mystical tale, exploring one man’s attempt to control the forces of nature and, ultimately, to understand the ways of God and the forces of the unconscious within. This edition features an introduction and notes by Steinbeck scholar Robert DeMott.<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

16 The Pastures of Heaven

Author : John Steinbeck & James Nagel
Genre :  Classics  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary  Short Stories 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  1932-01-01
Description :  In Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s beautifully rendered depictions of small yet fateful moments that transform ordinary lives, these twelve early stories introduce both the subject 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 misguided behavior and lack of sensitivity precipitate disasters and tragedies. As the individual dramas unfold, Steinbeck reveals the self-deceptions, intellectual limitations, and emotional vulnerabilities that shape the characters’ reactions and gradually erode the harmony and dreams that once formed the foundation of the community. This edition includes an introduction and notes by James Nagel.<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

17 Of Mice and Men and The Moon Is Down

Author : John Steinbeck & James Earl Jones
Genre :  Theater  Books  Arts & Entertainment  Performing Arts  Fiction & Literature  Literary Criticism 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2010-04-27
Description :  <b>Two devastating short novels adapted for the stage by Steinbeck himself</b><br /><br /> This Penguin Classics edition celebrates Steinbeck’s dramatic adaptations of his most powerful short novels, <i>Of Mice and Men</i> and <i>The Moon Is Down</i><b>,</b> featuring a foreword by award-winning actor James Earl Jones.<br /><br /> <i>Of Mice and Men</i> represents an experiment in form – as Steinbeck put it, “a kind of playable novel, written in novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands.” A rarity in American letters, it achieved remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films.<i> Of Mice and Men</i> received the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play in 1937-1938. A number of acclaimed actors have interpreted the iconic roles of George and Lennie for stage and screen, including James Earl Jones, John Malkovich and Gary Sinise.<i><br /><br /> The Moon Is Down</i> uncovers profound, often unsettling truths about war and human nature. It tells the story of a peaceable town taken by enemy troops, and had an extraordinary impact as Allied propaganda in Nazi-occupied Europe.<br /><br /> This Penguin Classics edition of the theatrical adaptations of Steinbeck’s two classic short novels is essential to actors, playwrights, filmmakers and directors studying the dramatic work of the Nobel Prize winning author of <i>The Grapes of Wrath</i> and <i>East of Eden</i>.<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

18 The Book of Spies

Author : Alan Furst, Anthony Burgess, John Steinbeck, John le Carré & Rebecca West
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2003-05-13
Description :  <b>An anthology of the world’s best literary espionage, selected by a contemporary master of the genre, Alan Furst.</b><br /><br />Here is an extraordinary collection of work from some of the finest novelists of the twentieth century. Inspired by the politics of tyranny or war, each of these writers chose the base elements of spy fiction—highly evolved spy fiction—as the framework for a literary novel. Thus Alan Furst offers a diverse array of selections that combine raw excitement and intellectual sophistication in an expertly guided tour of the dark world of clandestine conflict.<br /><br />These are not just stories of professional intelligence officers. We meet diplomats, political police, <i>agents provocateurs</i>, secret operatives, resistance fighters, and assassins—players in the Great Game, or victims of the Cold War. <i>The Book of Spies</i> brings us the aristocratic intrigues of <i>The Scarlet Pimpernel</i>, in which French émigrés duel with Robespierre’s secret service; the savage political realities of the 1930s in Eric Ambler’s classic <i>A Coffin for Dimitrios;</i> the ordinary citizens (well, almost) of John le Carré’s <i>The Russia House</i>, who are drawn into Cold War spy games; and the 1950s Vietnam of Graham Greene’s <i>The Quiet American</i>, with its portrait of American idealism and duplicity. <br /><br />Drawing on acknowledged classics and rediscovered treasures, Alan Furst’s <i>The Book of Spies</i> delivers literate entertainment and excitement on every page.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

19 The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

Author : John Steinbeck, Chase Horton & Christopher Paolini
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Fairy Tales, Myths & Fables  Historical 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2007-10-18
Description :  <b>Steinbeck's only work of fantasy literature—in a &#xa0;deluxe edition with a foreword by Christopher Paolini, New York Times bestselling author of <i>Eragon</i>, <i>Eldest</i> and <i>Brisingr</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> Malory’s <b>Le Morte d’Arthur</b> was the first book that John Steinbeck truly enjoyed reading as a child. Fascinated by Arthurian tales of adventure, knighthood, honor and friendship, in addition to the challenging nuances of the original Anglo-Saxon language, Steinbeck set out to render these stories faithfully and with keen animation for a modern audience. Here then is Steinbeck’s modernization of the adventure of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, featuring the icons of Arthurian legend—including King Arthur, Merlin, Morgan le Fay, the incomparable Queen Guinevere, and Arthur's purest knight, Sir Lancelot of the Lake.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> These enduring tales of loyalty and betrayal in the time of Camelot flicker with the wonder and magic of an era past but not forgotten. Steinbeck's retelling will capture the attention and imagination of legions of Steinbeck fans, including those who love Arthurian romances, as well as countless readers of science fiction and fantasy literature.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> This edition features a new foreword by Christopher Paolini, author of the number-one <i>New York Times </i>bestselling novels <b>Eragon</b>, <b>Eldest</b>, and <b>Brisingr</b>. It also includes the letters John Steinbeck wrote to his literary agent, Elizabeth Otis, and to Chase Horton, the original editor of this volume.<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

20 The Long Valley

Author : John Steinbeck & John H Timmerman
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Short Stories 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1938-01-01
Description :  First published in 1938, this volume of stories collected with the encouragement of his longtime editor Pascal Covici serves as a wonderful introduction to the work of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck. Set in the beautiful Salinas Valley of California, where simple people farm the land and struggle to find a place for themselves in the world, these stories reflect Steinbeck’s characteristic interests: the tensions between town and country, laborers and owners, past and present. Included here are the O. Henry Prize-winning story “The Murder”; “The Chrysanthemums,” perhaps Steinbeck’s most challenging story, both personally and artistically; “Flight,” “The Snake,” “The White Quail,” and the classic tales of “The Red Pony.” With an introduction and notes by John H. Timmerman.<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

21 The Red Pony

Author : John Steinbeck & John Seelye
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1986-05-30
Description :  Raised on a ranch in northern California, Jody is well-schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher's life. He is used to the way of horses, too; but nothing has prepared him for the special connection he will forge with Gabilan, the hot-tempered pony his father gives him. With Billy Buck, the hired hand, Jody tends and trains his horse, restlessly anticipating the moment he will sit high upon Gabilan's saddle. But when Gabilan falls ill, Jody discovers there are still lessons he must learn about the ways of nature and, particularly, the ways of man.

22 Cup of Gold

Author : John Steinbeck & Susan F. Beegel
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  1929-01-01
Description :  From the mid-1650s through the 1660s, Henry Morgan, a pirate and outlaw of legendary viciousness, ruled the Spanish Main. He ravaged the coasts of Cuba and America, striking terror wherever he went. Morgan was obsessive. He had two driving ambitions: to possess the beautiful woman called La Santa Roja and to conquer Panama, the “cup of gold.” Steinbeck’s first novel and sole work of historical fiction, <b>Cup of Gold</b> is a lush, lyrical swashbuckling pirate fantasy, &#xa0;and sure to add new dimensions to readers’ perceptions of this all-American writer. This edition features an introduction by Susan F. Beegel.<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

23 A Russian Journal

Author : John Steinbeck, Susan Shillinglaw & Robert Capa
Genre :  Essays & Memoirs  Books  Travel & Adventure  Biographies & Memoirs  History  Europe 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1948-01-01
Description :  <b>Steinbeck and Capa’s account of their journey through Cold War Russia is a classic piece of reportage and travel writing.</b><br />Just after the Iron Curtain fell on Eastern Europe, Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck and acclaimed war photographer Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to report for the <i>New York Herald Tribune</i>. This rare opportunity took the famous travelers not only to Moscow and Stalingrad – now Volgograd – but through the countryside of the Ukraine and the Caucasus. Hailed by the New York Times as "superb" when it first appeared in 1948, <b>A Russian Journal</b> is the distillation of their journey and remains a remarkable memoir and unique historical document.<br /><br />What they saw and movingly recorded in words and on film was what Steinbeck called "the great other side there … the private life of the Russian people." Unlike other Western reporting about Russia at the time, <b>A Russian Journal</b> is free of ideological obsessions. Rather, Steinbeck and Capa recorded the grim realities of factory workers, government clerks, and peasants, as they emerged from the rubble of World War II—represented here in Capa’s stirring photographs alongside Steinbeck’s masterful prose.<b> </b>Through it all, we are given intimate glimpses of two artists at the height of their powers, answering their need to document human struggle. This edition features an introduction by Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw.<br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

24 Once There Was a War

Author : John Steinbeck & Mark Bowden
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  Military 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  1958-10-17
Description :  “Age can never dull this kind of writing,” writes the <i>Chicago Tribune </i>of John Steinbeck’s dispatches from World War II, filed for the <i>New York Herald Tribune </i>in 1943, which vividly captured the human side of war. Writing from England in the midst of the London blitz, North Africa, and Italy, Steinbeck focuses on the people as opposed to the battles, portraying everyone from the guys in the bomber crew to Bob Hope on his USO tour. He eats and drinks with soldiers behind enemy lines, talks with them, and fights beside them. First published in book form in 1958, these writings, now with a new introduction by Mark Bowden, create an unforgettable portrait of life in wartime that continues to resonate with truth and humanity.

25 Bombs Away

Author : John Steinbeck & James H. Meredith
Genre :  Military  Books  History  Fiction & Literature  Literary Criticism  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  1942-01-01
Description :  <b>A magnificent volume of short novels and an essential World War II report from one of America's great twentieth-century writers</b><br /><br />On the heels of the enormous success of his masterwork <i>The Grapes of Wrath&#xa0;</i>and at the height of the American war effort John Steinbeck, one of the most prolific and influential literary figures of his generation, wrote <i>Bombs Away</i>, a nonfiction account of his experiences with U.S. Army Air Force bomber crews during World War II. Now, for the first time since its original publication in 1942, Penguin Classics presents this exclusive edition of Steinbeck's introduction to the then-nascent U.S. Army Air Force and its bomber crew--the essential core unit behind American air power that Steinbeck described as "the greatest team in the world."<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

26 Sea of Cortez

Author : John Steinbeck & Edward F. Ricketts
Genre :  Latin America  Books  Travel & Adventure  Science & Nature  Life Sciences  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2009-07-08
Description :  The collaboration of two friends—one a novelist, one a marine biologist—produced a volume in which fascinating popular science is woven into a narrative of man’s dreams, his ideals, and his accomplishments through the centuries. <i>Sea of Cortez</i> is one of those rare books that are all things to all readers. Actually the record of a brief collecting expedition in the lonely Gulf of California, it will be science to the scientist, philosophy to the philosopher, and to the average man an adventure in living and thinking.<br /><br /> The teeming and wildly competitive world of the sand flats is seen in terms of history, politics, ethics, and sociology; a starfish is important, not only because it is a new variety, but because it is essential to the delicate balance of the whole region in which it is found. Steinbeck and Ricketts are the opposite of “pure” scientists: it is not only their work that fascinates them, but the complicated and enormously exciting implications of that work.<br /><br /> <i>Sea of Cortez</i> is a book to be read and remembered on two levels. It is a journey through a remote and beautiful corner of the world, a diary filled with the daily excitements and triumphs of skillful and energetic men. It is also an invitation to see the world anew from a fresh vantage point and perhaps with a broader and more understanding spirit.

27 Journal of a Novel

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Literary Criticism  Books  Fiction & Literature  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  1969-12-20
Description :  Each working day from January 29 to November 1, 1951, John Steinbeck warmed up to the work of writing <b>East of Eden</b> with a letter to the late Pascal Covici, his friend and editor at The Viking Press. It was his way, he said, of "getting my mental arm in shape to pitch a good game."<br />Steinbeck's letters were written on the left-hand pages of a notebook in which the facing pages would be filled with the test of <b>East of Eden</b>. They touched on many subjects—story arguments, trial flights of worknamship, concern for his sons.<br /><br />Part autobiography, part writer's workshop, these letters offer an illuminating perspective on Steinbeck's creative process, and a fascinating glimpse of Steinbeck, the private man.

28 The Log from the Sea of Cortez

Author : John Steinbeck & Richard Astro
Genre :  Essays & Memoirs  Books  Travel & Adventure  Biographies & Memoirs  Science & Nature  Life Sciences 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  1951-09-17
Description :  In the two years after the 1939 publication of Steinbeck’s masterful <b>The Grapes of Wrath</b>, Steinbeck and his novel increasingly became the center of intense controversy and censorship. In search of a respite from the national stage, Steinbeck and his close friend, biologist Ed Ricketts, embarked on a month long marine specimen-collecting expedition in the Gulf of California, which resulted in their collaboration on the <b>Sea of Cortez</b>. In 1951, after Ricketts’ death, Steinbeck reissued his narrative portion of the work in memory of his friend and the inspiration for <b>Cannery Row</b>’s “Doc”. This exciting day-by-day account of their journey together is a rare blend of science, philosophy, and high-spirited adventure. This edition features an introduction by Richard Astro.<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

29 Harvest Gypsies

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2015-02-01
Description :  Gathered in this important volume are seven newspaper articles on migrant farm workers that John Steinbeck wrote for The San Francisco News in 1936, three years before The Grapes of Wrath. With the inquisitiveness of an investigative reporter and the emotional power of a novelist in his prime, Steinbeck toured the squatters’ camps and Hoovervilles of California.<br /> The Harvest Gypsies gives us an eyewitness account of the horrendous Dust Bowl migration, a major event in California history, and provides the factual foundation for Steinbeck’s masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath.

30 Steinbeck

Author : John Steinbeck, Elaine Steinbeck & Robert Wallsten
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  1946-01-01
Description :  "Surely his most interesting, plausibly his most memorable, and . . . arguably his best book" —<b>The New York Times Book Review</b><br />For John Steinbeck, who hated the telephone, letter-writing was a preparation for work and a natural way for him to communicate his thoughts on people he liked and hated; on marriage, women, and children; on the condition of the world; and on his progress in learning his craft. Opening with letters written during Steinbeck's early years in California, and closing with a 1968 note written in Sag Herbor, New York, <b>Steinbeck: A Life in Letters</b> reveals the inner thoughts and rough character of this American author as nothing else has and as nothing else ever will.<br /><br />"The reader will discover as much about the making of a writer and the creative process, as he will about Steinbeck. And that's a lot." —<b>Los Angeles Herald-Examiner</b><br /><br />"A rewarding book of enduring interest, this becomes a major part of the Steinbeck canon." —<b>The Wall Street Journal</b>

31 Working Days

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  1989-04-14
Description :  John Steinbeck wrote <b>The Grapes of Wrath</b> during an astonishing burst of activity between June and October of 1938. Throughout the time he was creating his greatest work, Steinbeck faithfully kept a journal revealing his arduous journey toward its completion.<br />The journal, like the novel it chronicles, tells a tale of dramatic proportions—of dogged determination and inspiration, yet also of paranoia, self-doubt, and obstacles. It records in intimate detail the conception and genesis of <b>The Grapes of Wrath</b> and its huge though controversial success. It is a unique and penetrating portrait of an emblematic American writer creating an essential American masterpiece.

32 The Short Reign of Pippin IV

Author : John Steinbeck, Robert E. Morsberger & Katherine Morsberger
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  1957-01-01
Description :  In his only work of political satire, <b>The Short Reign of Pippin IV</b>, John Steinbeck turns the French Revolution upside down as amateur astronomer Pippin Héristal is drafted to rule the unruly French. Steinbeck creates around the infamous Pippin the most hilarious royal court ever: Pippin’s wife, Queen Marie, who “might have taken her place at the bar of a very good restaurant”; his uncle, a man of dubious virtue; his glamour-struck daughter and her beau, the son of the so-called “egg king” of Petaluma, California; and a motley crew of courtiers and politicians, guards and gardeners. This edition includes an introduction by Robert Morsberger and Katharine Morsberger.

33 The Forgotten Village

Author : John Steinbeck, Rosa Harvan Kline & Alexander Hackensmid
Genre :  Film  Books  Arts & Entertainment  Performing Arts  Nonfiction  Social Science  Sociology 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2009-07-08
Description :  The novelist who wrote&#xa0;<i>The Grapes of Wrath</i>&#xa0;and the director who produced&#xa0;<i>Crisis </i>and&#xa0;<i>Lights Out&#xa0;in Europe</i>&#xa0;combined their superb talents to tell the story of the coming of modern medicine to the natives of Mexico. There have been several notable examples of this pen-camera method of narration, but&#xa0;<i>The Forgotten Village</i>&#xa0;is unique among them in that Steinbeck wrote the text before a single picture was shot. The book and the movie from which&#xa0;<i>The Forgotten Village</i>&#xa0;was made have a continuity and a dramatic growth not to be found in typical documentary films of the time.<br /><br /> From this wealth of pictures, 136 photographs were selected for their intrinsic beauty and for the graceful harmony with which they accompany Steinbeck’s text. This new script-photograph technique of narration conveys its ideas with unexcelled brilliance and immediacy. In the hands of such master storytellers as Steinbeck and Kline, it makes the reader catch his breath.

34 The Portable Steinbeck

Author : John Steinbeck, Pascal Covici & Susan Shillinglaw
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Short Stories 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2012-09-25
Description :  <b>A selection of essential writings by one of the greatest writers in American history</b><br /><br />It would be impossible to overstate John Steinbeck's enduring influence on American letters. Profuse with a richness of language, sly humor, and empathy for even his most flawed characters, Steinbeck's books are still widely read and deeply relevant today. <i>The Portable Steinbeck</i> is a grand sampling of his most important and popular works. Here are the complete novels <i>Of Mice and Men</i> and <i>The Red Pony</i>, together with self-contained excerpts from several longer novels, the text of his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, a fascinating introduction by Pascal Covici, Jr., son of Steinbeck's longtime editor, and brand new introduction from leading Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw that puts Steinbeck in the context of the 21st century.<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

35 The Red Pony

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Education  Books  Professional & Technical  Young Adult  Fiction 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2007-12-01
Description :  In this Literature Kit™, we divide the novel by chapters or sections and feature reading comprehension and vocabulary questions. In every chapter, we include Before You Read and After You Read questions. The Before You Read activities prepare students for reading by setting a purpose for reading. They stimulate background knowledge and experience, and guide students to make connections between what they know and what they will learn. The After You Read activities check students' comprehension and extend their learning. Students are asked to give thoughtful consideration of the text through creative and evaluative short-answer questions and journal prompts. Also included are writing tasks, graphic organizers, comprehension quiz, word search, and crossword to further develop students' critical thinking and writing skills, and analysis of the text. About the Novel: Steinbeck recalls four loosely connected episodes from his own childhood, weaving them together into an unforgettable classic. Growing up on a remote ranch in California, ten-year-old Jody Tiflin’s life is forever changed when his father gives him a beautiful red pony. With the help of his father’s hired hand, Billy Buck, Jody commits himself whole-heartedly to the raising of this wonderful colt. When the colt grows ill and dies, Jody’s world is shattered, as is his faith in Billy Buck, who had assured the boy that the pony would recover. Jody’s father promises him a colt which will soon be born to their mare that dies at the birth. The stories weave together in effortless fashion, chronicling the coming of age story of young Jody Tiflin. All of our content meets the Common Core State Standards and are written to Bloom's Taxonomy.

36 Uomini e topi

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Classics  Literary 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2016-10-27
Description :  <b>Una breve storia ricca di dialoghi, un piccolo gioiello di scrittura, pensato da Steinbeck per essere messo in scena in teatro e al cinema: e così è successo, sul grande schermo e a Broadway. Ma <i>Uomini e topi</i> resta prima di tutto un romanzo indimenticabile.</b> <br /><br />La storia di un'amicizia profonda tra due uomini, due braccianti stagionali in California che condividono un sogno. George Milton si occupa da sempre con ferma dolcezza di Lennie Small, un gigante con il cuore e la mente di un bambino. Il loro progetto, mentre vagano di ranch in ranch, è trovare un posto tutto per loro a Hill Country, dove la terra costa poco: un posto piccolo, giusto qualche acro da coltivare, e poi qualche pollo, maiali, conigli. Ma le loro speranze, come“i migliori progetti predisposti da uomini e topi” (è un verso di Burns), sono destinate a sbriciolarsi. Il ritratto di un’America soffocata dalla crisi e di un’umanità gretta e gelosa nella drammatica rappresentazione di un maestro della letteratura. <br /><br />Questa edizione propone nella nuova traduzione di Michele Mari un racconto di impegno, solitudine, speranza e perdita che resta uno dei libri più letti e più amati della letteratura mondiale.

37 Perlen

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2015-10-09
Description :  Den fattige fisker Kino forsørger sin kone og sin lille dreng ved at dykke efter perler på bunden af Den Mexicanske Golf. En dag finder Kino en perle på størrelse med et havmågeæg, og fundet vækker et håb om økonomisk sikkerhed og et løfte om et bedre liv for familien.<br /><br /> Da nyheden om Kinos fund spreder sig i den lille by, blusser det op i grådigheden hos befolkningen, der tyer til alle midler for at få fat i Kinos perle.&#xa0;<br /><br /> PERLEN, som udkom i 1945, er en enkel og klassisk historie om de lidenskaber den store perle fremkalder, og om de mennesker, hvis skæbne den bliver en del af.

38 Por el mar de Cortés

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Travel & Adventure  Books  Lifestyle & Home 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2015-10-20
Description :  <b>«Sus límites, un barco y un mar; su duración, seis semanas; su objetivo, todo lo que podamos ver, pensar e incluso imaginar; sus términos, nosotros mismos, sin reserva.»</b><br /> <br />En marzo de 1940, John Steinbeck y su amigo el biólogo marino Ed <i>Doc</i> Ricketts se embarcaron en un viaje que llevaban tiempo soñando con hacer juntos. Mientras en Europa la guerra amenazaba con hacerse mundial, Steinbeck y Ricketts recorrieron durante seis semanas, en un pequeño barco sardinero llamado <i>Western Flyer,</i> más de cuatro mil millas: desde la bahía de Monterrey hacia el sur, bordeando la península de Baja California, hasta adentrarse en el entonces casi inexplorado mar de Cortés.<br /> <br />El diario de a bordo narra su memorable encuentro con el golfo de California: deslumbrado por la belleza y la prodigalidad del entorno, John Steinbeck escribió uno de los libros más emotivos sobre el mar y más respetuosos con la naturaleza, a medio camino entre la crónica de viaje, la revelación científica y la exaltación de los silencios y las riquezas del universo marino.

39 Los vagabundos de la cosecha

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Nonfiction  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2014-09-01
Description :  A comienzos de los años treinta, cuando el país atravesaba la Gran Depresión, una persistente sequía asoló el medio oeste de los Estados Unidos, expulsando de sus granjas a decenas de miles de campesinos que se vieron obligados a emigrar en busca de trabajo. Se calcula que cerca de ciento cincuenta mil norteamericanos vagaban por las carreteras del estado de California ofreciéndose como temporeros para la cosecha. A pesar de ser imprescindibles para llevar a cabo la recolección, eran recibidos con odio y menosprecio por los habitantes de las localidades por donde pasaban, tachados de ignorantes, sucios y portadores de enfermedades. John Steinbeck, entonces un prometedor escritor, los retrató en una serie de reportajes aparecidos en 1936 en <i>The San Francisco News</i>. El trabajo realizado para preparar estos artículos le permitiría publicar, poco más tarde, su novela más lograda: <i>Las uvas de la ira</i>.<br /><br />En la misma época, otra artista, la fotógrafa Dorothea Lange, fue contratada por el Gobierno federal para documentar la situación de esos inmigrantes. Algunas de aquellas imágenes se han convertido en clásicos de la fotografía, del mismo modo que los reportajes contenidos en este libro se han convertido en clásicos de la literatura.

40 Τα σταφύλια της οργής

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Classics  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2014-05-29
Description :  Ελάχιστα μυθιστορήματα έφτασαν ποτέ να συμβολίσουν μια ολόκληρη εποχή. Και το πιο εντυπωσιακό από αυτά, είναι το πιο πολυσυζητημένο αμερικανικό βιβλίο του 20ού αιώνα.<br /> Από το 1939 που πρωτοεκδόθηκε, έχει κυκλοφορήσει σε εκατοντάδες εκατομμύρια αντίτυπα και έχει μεταφραστεί και ξαναμεταφραστεί στις περισσότερες γλώσσες.<br /> Η εποχή είναι η δεκαετία του '30, το μεγάλο κραχ, η αρχετυπική οικονομική κρίση που εντυπώθηκε με τρόμο στο συλλογικό φαντασιακό. Και ο λογοτέχνης που την περιέγραψε και την εξήγησε τόσο δυνατά και τόσο καθαρά, ώστε το έργο του θα μείνει για πάντα στην ιστορία, είναι ο Τζον Στάινμπεκ, με τα «Σταφύλια της οργής».<br /> Η ιστορία μιας από τις χιλιάδες οικογένειες του αμερικανικού Νότου που έχασαν τα πάντα, εν μέσω της μεγάλης ύφεσης, όταν καταστράφηκαν οι σοδειές τους από την παρατεταμένη ξηρασία και από τους θυελλώδεις ανέμους. Με τα λιγοστά υπάρχοντά τους φορτωμένα σε ένα σαραβαλιασμένο φορτηγάκι ταξιδεύουν προς τη Γη της Επαγγελίας, την Καλιφόρνια, ελπίζοντας να βρουν δουλειά και ψωμί. Μα ακόμα και όταν φτάνουν στον προορισμό τους, δεν αργούν να αντιληφθούν ότι τα πράγματα δεν ήταν όπως είχαν ελπίσει.<br /> Τα «Σταφύλια της οργής» είναι ένας ύμνος στον άνθρωπο και στην ανθρωπιά, στη δύναμη της οικογένειας, στη μάχη για τον επιούσιο, στις μικρές πράξεις καλοσύνης των ανθρώπων.<br /> Ίσως πιο πολύ από κάθε άλλο βιβλίο, τούτο δω αποδεικνύει πως η μεγάλη λογοτεχνία δεν είναι ανάγκη να 'ναι ένας ερμητικός γρίφος, μα μπορεί με συγκλονιστικά άμεσες λέξεις και εικόνες να δονήσει την ψυχή κάθε ανθρώπου.<br /><br /> Με την εξασφάλιση των αποκλειστικών δικαιωμάτων από το Ίδρυμα Steinbeck για την ελληνική γλώσσα, οι Εκδόσεις Παπαδόπουλος δίνουν την ευκαιρία σε μια νέα γενιά αναγνωστών να γνωρίσει τα έργα του μεγάλου συγγραφέα σε νέες, σύγχρονες μεταφράσεις από τον βραβευμένο μεταφραστή Μιχάλη Μακρόπουλο.

41 Άνθρωποι και ποντίκια

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Classics  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2014-05-29
Description :  Ο Λένι είπε: «Πες πώς θα 'ναι όταν θα ΄χουμε τη γη μας».<br /> Ο Τζορτζ αφουγκραζόταν ν’ ακούσει τους μακρινούς ήχους. Για μια στιγμή πήρε ύφος ανθρώπου πρακτικού και μεθοδικού. «Κοίτα πέρα από το ποτάμι, Λένι, και θα σου πω, ώστε σχεδόν να το δεις».<br /> Ο Λένι γύρισε το κεφάλι του και κοίταξε προς την αντίπερα όχθη της λίμνης και ψηλά προς τις σκοτεινιασμένες πλαγιές των Γκάμπιλαν. «Θα ' χουμε λίγη γη» άρχισε ο Τζορτζ… Έβαλε το χέρι στην πλαϊνή του τσέπη κι έβγαλε το λούγκερ του Κάρλσον.<br /><br /> Στην Αμερική του μεσοπολέμου, του Κραχ, ο γιγαντόσωμος κι απλοϊκός Λένι κι ο μικρόσωμος κι έξυπνος Τζορτζ γυρνούν από τόπο σε τόπο, πλάνητες, αναζητώντας δουλειά. Ο Λένι δεν μπορεί να ξεχωρίσει το σωστό από το λάθος και του αρέσει ν’ αγγίζει τα απαλά πράγματα – τη γούνα ενός ζώου, τα μαλλιά μιας κοπέλας. Οι δυο αταίριαστοι αλλά αχώριστοι φίλοι πιάνουν δουλειά σ’ ένα αγρόκτημα, και εκεί, με αφορμή την όμορφη γυναίκα του μοχθηρού Κέρλι, που είναι ο γιος του αφεντικού, μια τραγωδία ξετυλίγεται.<br /><br /> To «Άνθρωποι και ποντίκια» είναι μια σκληρή μα και βαθιά ανθρώπινη ιστορία διαψευσμένων ονείρων. Από το 1937 που εκδόθηκε, έχει παρουσιαστεί πάμπολλες φορές στο θέατρο, έχει διασκευαστεί για τον κινηματογράφο και την τηλεόραση, και θεωρείται από τα αναμφισβήτητα αριστουργήματα της αμερικανικής λογοτεχνίας του 20ου αιώνα.

42 Nuits noires

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2013-07-28
Description :  Écrit pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale par John Steinbeck, qui était à l'époque Correspondant de guerre pour le <i>New York Herald Tribune</i>, <i>The Moon Is Down</i> -- <i>Nuits noires</i> ou <i>Lune noire</i> selon les traductions françaises, le titre étant tiré du <i>MacBeth</i> de Shakespeare -- a été traduit et diffusé clandestinement par la Résistance dans la plupart des pays européens occupés par l'Allemagne nazie. Texte de résistance spirituelle et manifeste antitotalitaire pour tous les peuples asservis, mais avant tout roman d'une étonnante puissance écrit par l'auteur des <i>Raisins de la Colère</i>, futur prix Nobel de littérature, <i>Nuits noires</i> relate la vie d'un village de Norvège où s'organise progressivement une forme de résistance à l'occupant. Dans ce village recouvert de neige, entre froides exécutions sommaires et actes de sabotages, entre haine passive et rédemption, le récit s'attache surtout à dévoiler l'évolution psychologique et morale des villageois oppressés comme des soldats oppresseurs, se faisant prise de conscience de la liberté inaliénable des êtres humains dans les ténèbres qui s'abattaient alors sur le monde. Le texte -- dont nous reprenons délibérement ici la traduction "militante" de Yvonne Desvignes (pseudonyme de Yvonne Paraf, amie de Vercors / Jean Bruller, éditeur de ce livre en 1944 aux Editions de Minuit) -- est suivi d'une brève biographie de John Steinbeck.

43 Şoareci şi oameni

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Classics  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2017-03-22
Description :  Şoareci şi oameni, unul dintre romanele clasice ale literaturii secolului trecut, este o poveste cu nuanţe parabolice despre prietenie şi destin. Personajele centrale sunt doi lucrători sezonieri, George Milton, un tânăr inteligent şi inimos, şi Lennie Small, un uriaş naiv, cu o forţă incontrolabilă şi o întârziere mentală ce îl face să semene cu un copil mare. Cei doi bărbaţi, a căror înduioşătoare relaţie de prietenie ajunge să semene a dependenţă, se angajează ca lucrători la o fermă. Ei au un vis, un ideal, să strângă bani din care să-şi cumpere un loc al lor, unde să trăiască „din belşugu’ pământului”. Însă o serie de întâmplări tragice, provocate de naivitatea lui Lennie, de neputinţa lui de a distinge răul de bine, le năruie speranţele.

44 Furore

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2013-11-06
Description :  Pietra miliare della letteratura americana, <i>Furore</i> è un romanzo mitico, pubblicato negli Stati Uniti nel 1939 e coraggiosamente proposto in Italia da Valentino Bompiani l’anno seguente. Il libro fu perseguitato dalla censura fascista e solo ora, dopo più di 70 anni, vede la luce la prima edizione integrale nella nuova traduzione di Sergio Claudio Perroni. Una versione basata sul testo inglese della Centennial Edition dell’opera di Steinbeck, che restituisce finalmente ai lettori la forza e la modernità della scrittura del Premio Nobel per la Letteratura 1962. <br /><br />Nell’odissea della famiglia Joad sfrattata dalla sua casa e dalla sua terra, in penosa marcia verso la California, lungo la Route 66 come migliaia e migliaia di americani, rivive la trasformazione di un’intera nazione. L’impatto amaro con la terra promessa dove la manodopera è sfruttata e mal pagata, dove ciascuno porta con sé la propria miseria “come un marchio d’infamia”. <br /><br />Al tempo stesso romanzo di viaggio e ritratto epico della lotta dell’uomo contro l’ingiustizia, <i>Furore</i> è forse il più americano dei classici americani, da leggere oggi per la prima volta in tutta la sua bellezza.

45 Los Crisantemos

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Comics & Graphic Novels  Graphic Novels 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2016-03-14
Description :  Esta pequeña obra maestra de Steinbeck retrata la vida de Elisa Allen, una mujer fuerte y apasionada, que lleva una existencia sin brillo, dedicada a su hogar. Casada con un granjero de California, su única ilusión y orgullo es el cultivo de sus flores. La aparición de un buhonero le hará cuestionarse, en cierto modo, su condición de mujer.<br/> Aparecido por primera vez en 1937 en la revista Harper, el autor norteamericano nos habla de la cuestión del género de una manera sutil y delicada. Es un momento en el que el mundo de las mujeres está dominado por los hombres, que impiden su realización personal, social y sexual.<br/> El simbolismo que subyace a lo largo de toda la obra hace que sea uno de los relatos cortos más bellos e imprescindibles del ganador del Premio Nobel en 1962.

46 Steinbeck in Vietnam

Author : John Steinbeck & Thomas E. Barden
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $23.99
Release Date :  2012-03-29
Description :  Although his career continued for almost three decades after the 1939 publication of The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck is still most closely associated with his Depression-era works of social struggle. But from Pearl Harbor on, he often wrote passionate accounts of America’s wars based on his own firsthand experience. Vietnam was no exception.<br /><br />Thomas E. Barden’s <i>Steinbeck in Vietnam</i> offers for the first time a complete collection of the dispatches Steinbeck wrote as a war correspondent for <i>Newsday.</i> Rejected by the military because of his reputation as a subversive, and reticent to document the war officially for the Johnson administration, Steinbeck saw in <i>Newsday</i> a unique opportunity to put his skills to use. Between December 1966 and May 1967, the sixty-four-year-old Steinbeck toured the major combat areas of South Vietnam and traveled to the north of Thailand and into Laos, documenting his experiences in a series of columns titled Letters to Alicia, in reference to <i>Newsday</i> publisher Harry F. Guggenheim’s deceased wife. His columns were controversial, coming at a time when opposition to the conflict was growing and even ardent supporters were beginning to question its course. As he dared to go into the field, rode in helicopter gunships, and even fired artillery pieces, many detractors called him a warmonger and worse. Readers today might be surprised that the celebrated author would risk his literary reputation to document such a divisive war, particularly at the end of his career.<br /><br />Drawing on four primary-source archives—the Steinbeck collection at Princeton, the Papers of Harry F. Guggenheim at the Library of Congress, the Pierpont Morgan Library’s Steinbeck holdings, and the archives of <i>Newsday</i>—Barden’s collection brings together the last published writings of this American author of enduring national and international stature. In addition to offering a definitive edition of these essays, Barden includes extensive notes as well as an introduction that provides background on the essays themselves, the military situation, the social context of the 1960s, and Steinbeck’s personal and political attitudes at the time.

47 Steinbeck

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $37.99
Release Date :  2014-09-24
Description :  Denne samlede Steinbeck-udgivelse består af fire romaner:<br /><br /> Dagdriverbanden (1935), Mus og mænd (1937), Et mægtigt gilde (1945) og En dejlig torsdag (1954).<br /><br /> ‘Dagdriverbanden’ er Steinbecks gennembrudsroman fra 1935, og her beskriver han med uimodståelig humor og stor indlevelse en flok californiske vagabonders solbeskinnede driverliv, deres erotiske eventyr og vældige drikkelag. Steinbeck er proletarlitteraturens mester.<br /><br /> I ‘En dejlig torsdag’ beretter Steinbeck om livet i de faldefærdige huse og herberger i Monterey, og med varme og kærlighed bringer han de udstødte til live med deres latter og tårer, sorger og glæder.<br /><br /> ‘Et mægtigt gilde’ er ikke blot den hjertevarme historie om en fest, der løber af sporet, men også fortællingen om vennerne i det særlige Steinbeck-miljø af farver, lyde, dufte og intens atmosfære. Med denne bog har Steinbeck skabt en fortælling, der på én gang er et af hans mest humoristiske og mest gribende værker.<br /><br /> ‘Mus og mænd’ er et af Steinbecks hovedværker. En gribende fortælling om venskabet mellem to omstrejfende californiske landarbejdere, den enfoldige og stærke Lennie og hans trofaste og intelligente ven George. De har en drøm om at tjene penge nok til sammen at kunne få deres eget lille hus på landet. Men drømmen brister, da Lennie, der elsker at røre ved fløjl og silkebløde dyr, men ofte kommer til at klemme dyrene ihjel, overfører sine kærtegn til farmerens smukke og udfordrende kone.

48 À l'est d'Eden

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2013-02-04
Description :  Dans cette grande fresque, les personnages représentent le bien et le mal avec leurs rapports complexes. Adam Trask, épris de calme, Charles, son demi-frère dur et violent, Cathy, la femme d’Adam, un monstre camouflé derrière sa beauté, leurs enfants, les jumeaux Caleb et Aaron. En suivant de génération en génération les familles Trask et Hamilton, l’auteur nous raconte l’histoire de son pays, la vallée de la Salinas, en Californie du Nord.<br />John Steinbeck a reçu le prix Nobel de littérature pour l’ensemble de son œuvre.

49 Viajes con Charley

Author : John Steinbeck
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2014-04-09
Description :  "Mi plan era claro, conciso y razonable, creo yo. He viajado por diversas partes del mundo durante muchos años. En Estados Unidos vivo en Nueva York, o me voy a Chicago o a San Francisco. Pero Nueva York no es más los Estados Unidos de lo que París es Francia o Londres es Inglaterra. Así que descubrí que no conocía mi propio país. Yo, un escritor estadounidense, que escribía sobre Estados Unidos, estaba trabajando de memoria, y la memoria es, en el mejor de los casos, un depósito defectuoso y deformado. No había oído el habla del país, ni olido la hierba ni los árboles ni las alcantarillas, ni visto sus cerros ni sus aguas, ni su color ni la calidad de su luz. Sabía de los cambios sólo por los libros y los periódicos. Pero, aparte de eso, llevaba veinticinco años sin sentir el país."<br />En 1960, Steinbeck, acompañado por su perro Charley, recorrió más de 16.000 kilómetros a lo largo de treinta y cuatro estados a bordo de su autocaravana Rocinante. Durante el viaje conversó con camioneros y campesinos, sintiendo los miedos y las esperanzas de sus compatriotas. Este delicioso libro, que llegó a ser Número Uno en ventas en su país, fue publicado poco antes de recibir el Nobel en 1962.<br />"Pura delicia; un maravilloso viaje por Estados Unidos en el que Steinbeck estudia nuestros paisajes y también a sí mismo, analizando las dificultades emocionales de hacerse viejo."<br /><i>The New York Times Book Review</i>

50 Tortilla Flat

Author : John Steinbeck & Thomas Fensch
Genre :  Classics  Books  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  1935-01-01
Description :  Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, John Steinbeck created a “Camelot” on a shabby hillside above the town of Monterey, California, and peopled it with a colorful band of knights. At the center of the tale is Danny, whose house, like Arthur’s castle, becomes a gathering place for men looking for adventure, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging—men who fiercely resist the corrupting tide of honest toil and civil rectitude.<br />&#xa0;<br />As Nobel Prize winner Steinbeck chronicles their deeds—their multiple lovers, their wonderful brawls, their Rabelaisian wine-drinking—he spins a tale as compelling and ultimately as touched by sorrow as the famous legends of the Round Table, which inspired him.



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