The Essential Criticism of John Steinbeck s of Mice and Men

The Essential Criticism of John Steinbeck s of Mice and Men Author Michael J. Meyer
ISBN-10 9780810867345
Release 2009-04-23
Pages 364
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First published in 1937, Of Mice and Men has been a staple of American literature ever since. Divided by decade, The Essential Criticism of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men provides an overview of criticism over the 70 years the book has been in print. Michael J. Meyer has assembled significant articles and book excerpts from critics and reviewers, citing the early book reviews and highlighting some of the most significant essays. While not all critical studies are included, those assessments not present in the text are evaluated by summaries and their bibliographic citations are given. The essays express various critical approaches, including those that criticize the book and examine what some consider the book's flaws. Ideal for research work at all levels, this volume collects in one place the most significant contributions to the study of the novel, making it a welcome addition to the canon of Steinbeck criticism.

The Short Novels of John Steinbeck

The Short Novels of John Steinbeck Author Jackson J. Benson
ISBN-10 0822309947
Release 1990
Pages 349
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The Grapes of Wrath is generally considered Steinbeck's masterpiece, but the short novel was the form he most frequently turned to and most consciously theorized about, and with constant experimentation he made the form his own. Much of the best—and the worst—of his writing appears in his short novels. This collection reviews what has been categorized as the “good” and the “bad,” looking beyond the careless labeling that has characterized a great deal of the commentary on Steinbeck's writing to the true strengths and weaknesses of the works. The contributors demonstrate that even in the short novels that are most often criticized, there is more depth and sophistication than has generally been acknowledged. The essays examine the six most popular short novels—Tortilla Flat, The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men, The Moon Is Down, Cannery Row, and The Pearl—in addition to the three usually thought of as less successful—Burning Bright, Sweet Thursday, and The Short Reign of Pippin IV. Because most of Steinbeck's short novels were adapted and presented as plays or screenplays, many of the essays deal with dramatic or film versions of the short novels as well as with the fiction. The collection concludes with a comprehensive checklist of criticism of the short novels. Contributors. Richard Astro, Jackson J. Benson, Carroll Britch, John Ditsky, Joseph Fontenrose, Warren French, Robert Gentry, Mimi Reisel Gladstein, William Goldhurst, Tetsumaro Hayashi, Robert S. Hughes Jr., Howard Levant, Clifford Lewis, Peter Lisca, Anne Loftis, Charles R. Metzger, Michael J. Meyer, Robert E. Morsberger, Louis Owens, Roy S. Simmonds, Mark Spilka, John Timmerman

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men Author John Steinbeck
ISBN-10 0140186425
Release 1963
Pages 105
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The tragic story of the friendship between two migrant workers, George and mentally retarded Lenny, and their dream of owning a farm

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men Author John Steinbeck
ISBN-10 9780143127277
Release 2014-05-07
Pages 172
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Presents a dramatization of the tragic story of the friendship between two migrant workers, George and Lenny, and their dream of owning a farm.

John Steinbeck s Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck s Of Mice and Men Author Harold Bloom
ISBN-10 9780791085813
Release 2006-01-01
Pages 134
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An overview of the work features a biographical sketch of the author, a list of characters, a summary of the plot, and critical and analytical views of the work.

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men Author John Steinbeck
ISBN-10 0340928654
Release 2007-04-27
Pages 54
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Hodder Graphics: Of Mice and Men is a graphic text designed to support teaching of Of Mice and Men for the GCSE English Literature exam. Its visual representation combined with its simple approach make it accessible to students across a range of abilities. The Graphic Book will provide an overview of the set text with plot and characters clearly delineated, but will also focus on aspects of the text that examiners find students struggle with most in the exam. - Support students in their understanding of the cultural and historial background to the text - Uses text references to develop language analysis work - Focuses on plot, characterisation, theme, language and structure as specified int he Assessment Objectives

Harper Lee s To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee s To Kill a Mockingbird Author Michael J. Meyer
ISBN-10 9780810877238
Release 2010-10-14
Pages 290
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In 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird was published to critical acclaim. To commemorate To Kill a Mockingbird's 50th anniversary, Michael J. Meyer has assembled a collection of new essays that celebrate this enduring work of American literature. These essays approach the novel from educational, legal, social, and thematic perspectives. Harper Lee's only novel won the Pulitzer Prize and was transformed into a beloved film starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. An American classic that frequently appears in middle school and high school curriculums, the novel has been subjected to criticism for its subject matter and language. Still relevant and meaningful, To Kill a Mockingbird has nonetheless been under-appreciated by many critics. There are few books that address Lee's novel's contribution to the American canon and still fewer that offer insights that can be used by teachers and by students. These essays suggest that author Harper Lee deserves more credit for skillfully shaping a masterpiece that not only addresses the problems of the 1930s but also helps its readers see the problems and prejudices the world faces today. Intended for high school and undergraduate usage, as well as for teachers planning to use To Kill a Mockingbird in their classrooms, this collection will be a valuable resource for all teachers of American literature.

Working Days

Working Days Author John Steinbeck
ISBN-10 9781440674525
Release 1990-12-01
Pages 240
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John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath 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. 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 The Grapes of Wrath and its huge though controversial success. It is a unique and penetrating portrait of an emblematic American writer creating an essential American masterpiece.

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men Author John Steinbeck
ISBN-10 110142902X
Release 2010
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"Of Mice and Men" is the dramatic adaptation of one of Steinbeck's most widely read and beloved works. Originally published at the height of Nazi Germany's power, "The Moon Is Down" is a masterful play that 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.

Bombs Away

Bombs Away Author John Steinbeck
ISBN-10 9781101138861
Release 2009-07-08
Pages 192
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A magnificent volume of short novels and an essential World War II report from one of America's great twentieth-century writers On the heels of the enormous success of his masterwork The Grapes of Wrath and at the height of the American war effort John Steinbeck, one of the most prolific and influential literary figures of his generation, wrote Bombs Away, 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." 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. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Moon is Down

The Moon is Down Author John Steinbeck
ISBN-10 9780141912554
Release 2000-11-30
Pages 144
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Originally published at the zenith of Nazi Germany's power, Steinbeck's fable THE MOON IS DOWN explores the effects of invasion on both the conquered and the conquerors. Occupied by enemy troops, a small, peaceable town comes face-to-face with evil imposed from the outside and betrayal from within the close-knit community. As he delves into the motivations and emotions of the enemy, Steinbeck uncovers profound and often unsettling truths both about war and human nature.

The Red Pony

The Red Pony Author John Steinbeck
ISBN-10 0140177361
Release 1993-01-01
Pages 100
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Traces a boy's journey into manhood after his father gives him a pony to train and care for


Steinbeck Author John Steinbeck
ISBN-10 144067387X
Release 1989-04-01
Pages 928
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"Surely his most interesting, plausibly his most memorable, and . . . arguably his best book" —The New York Times Book Review 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, Steinbeck: A Life in Letters reveals the inner thoughts and rough character of this American author as nothing else has and as nothing else ever will. "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." —Los Angeles Herald-Examiner "A rewarding book of enduring interest, this becomes a major part of the Steinbeck canon." —The Wall Street Journal

A Political Companion to John Steinbeck

A Political Companion to John Steinbeck Author Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh
ISBN-10 9780813142043
Release 2013-05-15
Pages 384
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Though he was a recipient of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature, American novelist John Steinbeck (1902--1968) has frequently been censored. Even in the twenty-first century, nearly ninety years after his work first appeared in print, Steinbeck's novels, stories, and plays still generate controversy: his 1937 book Of Mice and Men was banned in some Mississippi schools in 2002, and as recently as 2009, he made the American Library Association's annual list of most frequently challenged authors. A Political Companion to John Steinbeck examines the most contentious political aspects of the author's body of work, from his early exploration of social justice and political authority during the Great Depression to his later positions regarding domestic and international threats to American policies. Featuring contemporaneous and present-day interpretations of his novels and essays by historians, literary scholars, and political theorists, this book covers the spectrum of Steinbeck's writing, exploring everything from his place in American political culture to his seeming betrayal of his leftist principles in later years.

To a God Unknown

To a God Unknown Author John Steinbeck
ISBN-10 9780141190648
Release 2000-11-30
Pages 240
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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 andthe farm flourishes - until one brother, scared by Joseph's pagan belief, kills the tree and brings disease and famine on the farm. Set in familiar Steinbeck country, TO A GOD UNKOWN is a mystical tale, exploring one man's attempt to control theforces of nature and to understand the ways of God.

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men Author John Steinbeck
ISBN-10 319212959X
Release 2009-02
Pages 102
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Essential Elements of Steinbeck

Essential Elements of Steinbeck Author Thomas Fensch
ISBN-10 9781462041794
Release 2009-06-11
Pages 140
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Essential Elements of Steinbeck . . . offers insights into five key aspects of John Steinbeck The complex relationship between John Steinbeck and his editor-publisher Pascal "Pat" Covici, who read Steinbeck's first three books, Cup of Gold, The Pastures of Heaven and To a God Unknown, which all languished during the Depression. Covici published Steinbeck's fourth book Tortilla Flat, his first critical and commercial success. Steinbeck remained with Covici throughout his career, a relationship broken only by Covici's death, decades later. How Steinbeck will be forever linked with Monterey Bay, in Tortilla Flat and eventually Cannery Row and its sequel Sweet Thursday and how Steinbeck's portraits of the paisanos, originally thought to be merely eccentric bums, have become increasingly upsetting to modern critics. How a seven-part series of investigative articles about the migrants, which Steinbeck published in the now-defunct San Francisco News and which were included in The Grapes of Wrath as intercalary chapters, proved the validity of the novel and helped insure its place as the premier moral vision of the 1930s. How Steinbeck used the personality and philosophy of his friend, marine biologist Ed Ricketts in a wide variety of novels, including: In Dubious Battle; Of Mice and Men; The Grapes of Wrath; The moon is Down; Cannery Row; Burning Bright; Sweet Thursday and in Steinbeck's classic short story, "The Snake." And, how Steinbeck knew, but could not prove, that the FBI had a file on him as early as 1942 and how a Steinbeck jab at "Edgar's boys," was kept in FBI files for decades. J. Edgar Hoover always denied that the FBI had a Steinbeck file, but it grew and grew and continued to grow even after Steinbeck's death. J. Edgar Hoover's denials of a Steinbeck investigation were, at the least disingenuous; at worst, a outright lie. Thomas Fensch has published three previous books on Steinbeck and has an international reputation in Steinbeck criticism.