The Winter of Our Discontent [Pristine]: STEINBECK, John The Winter of Our Discontent [Pristine]: STEINBECK, John The Winter of Our Discontent [Pristine]: STEINBECK, John

The Winter of Our Discontent [Pristine]


Published by Viking Press, New York, 1961
Condition: As New Hardcover
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First Printing. 8vo: [8],311,[1]pp. Publisher's turquoise cloth, spine titled in silver in black title block, upper cover stamped in blind, top edge stained turquoise, blue pictorial dust jacket priced $4.50. As New, very fine and unread, in a Fine jacket, vibrant and bright. All in all, virtually pristine. Goldstone & Payne A38b. Steinbeck's final novel, set in New England, the title a reference to the first two lines of Shakespeare's Richard III: "Now is the winter of our discontent / Made glorious summer by this sun [or son] of York." For the most part, Winter received a harsh critical reception (although the Atlantic Monthly called it a classic). Largely negative critics offered little appreciation of the risks Steinbeck had taken or the enormous technical innovations he had attempted in the text. But the following year the Swedish Academy awarded him the Nobel Prize for Literature, remarking specifically on five books from 1935 to 1939, then continued: "it is not possible to dwell at any length on individual works which Steinbeck later produced. If at times the critics have seemed to note certain signs of flagging powers, of repetitions that might point to a decrease in vitality, Steinbeck belied their fears most emphatically with The Winter of Our Discontent. Here he attained the same standard which he set in The Grapes of Wrath. Again he holds his position as an independent expounder of the truth with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American, be it good or bad." Now, fifty years later, "recent Steinbeck criticism seems to assert that The Winter of Our Discontent's structural complexity went unappreciated by early readers who failed to see it as a successful portrait and call to action against an ever-increasing decadence which had invaded the very soul of the times." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB1295

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Title: The Winter of Our Discontent [Pristine]

Publisher: Viking Press, New York

Publication Date: 1961

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Printing.

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