John Steinbeck's Fiction Revisited (Twayne's United States Authors Series)

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Twaynes United States Authors Series presents concise critical introductions to great writers and their works.

Devoted to critical interpretation and discussion of an authors work, each study takes account of major literary trends and important scholarly contributions and provides new critical insights with an original point of view. An Authors Series volumeaddresses readers ranging from advanced high school students to university professors. The book suggests to the informed reader new ways of considering a writers work. A reader new to the work under examination will, after reading theAuthors Series, be compelled to turn to the originals, bringing to the reading a basic knowledge and fresh critical perspectives.

Each volume features:

  • A critical, interpretive study and explication of the authors works
  • A brief biography of the author
  • An accessible chronology outlining the life, work, and relevant historical background of the author
  • Aids for further study -- complete notes and references, a selected annotated bibliography and an index
  • A readable style presented in a manageable length

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John Steinbeck's compassion for and lifelong ability to empathize with the world's disinherited has become the hallmark of his fiction. His treatment of dispossessed Dust Bowl farmers of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath (1939), won the Pulitzer Prize and has become a perennial on high school and college syllabi, as has his 1937 novella Of Mice and Men, an exploration of human worth and integrity. His retelling of an old Mexican folktale in The Pearl (1948) has been praised for its dignity and noble simplicity, a characteristic shared by his first critical success, Tortilla Flat (1935), an affectionate yet realistic novel about the Spanish-speaking poor of Monterey, California. In an entirely new analysis of the fiction of this renowned novelist, story writer, and journalist, Warren French - past president and chairman of the John Steinbeck Society - places Steinbeck in the modernist tradition and argues that his work is unquestionably among the finest of world literature of the twentieth century. French asserts that what is generally regarded as Steinbeck's best fiction - that of the 1930s - exemplifies the ironic mode of the "modernism" of the period. With The Grapes of Wrath Steinbeck began to move away from prevailing despair and toward an affirmative vision of human potential which led him, French maintains, not to postmodernist fiction but back to a narrative view quite similar to that of America's late Victorians. Chapters of this comprehensive study focus on what French calls Steinbeck's false start, including such early novels as Cup of Gold (1929); on the manifestations of the author's ironic vision in Tortilla Flat and the story cycles, especially the exquisitely nostalgic story"The Red Pony" in his 1938 collection The Long Valley; on ironic vision that sparked a theatrical impulse, in, for example, In Dubious Battle (1936) and Of Mice and Men; on the change of heart represented by The Grapes of Wrath; on the author's search for affirmation exemplified by the The Pearl and The Moon Is Down, his 1942 novel about Norwegian resistance to the Nazis; and on his vision of California redeemed, as seen in the sweeping 1952 novel East of Eden. In engagingly probing the comic and tragic masks Steinbeck wore alternately in his writing career - compassion mixed with delight and compassion mixed with wrath - French has produced an invaluable companion for students of modern American literature.

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