The Short Novels of John Steinbeck: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of Steinbeck's brilliant short novels

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.

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About the Author:

John Steinbeck (1902-1968), winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, achieved popular success in 1935 with the publication of Tortilla Flat. He went on to write more than twenty-five novels, including The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men.

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Title Page

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TORTILLA FLAT

Preface

Chapter 1 - How Danny, Home from the Wars, Found Himself an Heir, and How He ...

Chapter 2 - How Pilon Was Lured by Greed of Position to Forsake Danny’s Hospitality.

Chapter 3 - How the Poison of Possessions Wrought with Pilon, and How Evil ...

Chapter 4 - How Jesus Maria Corcoran, a Good Man, Became an Unwilling Vehicle ...

Chapter 5 - How Saint Francis Turned the Tide and Put a Gentle Punishment on ...

Chapter 6 - How Three Sinful Men, Through Contrition, Attained Peace. How ...

Chapter 7 - How Danny’s Friends Became a Force for Good. How They Succored the ...

Chapter 8 - How Danny’s Friends Sought Mystic Treasure on Saint Andrew’s Eve. ...

Chapter 9 - How Danny Was Ensnared by a Vacuum-Cleaner and How Danny’s Friends ...

Chapter 10 - How the Friends Solaced a Corporal and in Return Received a Lesson ...

Chapter 11 - How, Under the Most Adverse Circumstances, Love Came to Big Joe Portagee.

Chapter 12 - How Danny’s Friends Assisted the Pirate to Keep a Vow, and How as ...

Chapter 13 - How Danny’s Friends Threw Themselves to the Aid of a Distressed Lady.

Chapter 14 - Of the Good Life at Danny’s House, of a Gift Pig, of the Pain of ...

Chapter 15 - How Danny Brooded and Became Mad. How the Devil in the Shape of ...

Chapter 16 - Of the Sadness of Danny. How Through Sacrifice Danny’s Friends ...

Chapter 17 - How Danny’s Sorrowing Friends Defied the Conventions. How the ...

 

THE RED PONY

Chapter 1 - THE GIFT

Chapter 2 - THE GREAT MOUNTAINS

Chapter 3 - THE PROMISE

Chapter 4 - THE LEADER OF THE PEOPLE

 

OF MICE AND MEN

 

THE MOON IS DOWN

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

 

CANNERY ROW

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

 

THE PEARL

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

THE SHORT NOVELS OF JOHN STEINBECK

Born in Salinas, California, in 1902, JOHN STEINBECK grew up in a fertile agriculture valley about twenty-five miles from the Pacific Coast—and both valley and coast would serve as settings for some of his best fiction. In 1919 he went to Stanford University, where he intermittently enrolled in literature and writing courses until he left in 1925 without taking a degree. During the next five years he supported himself as a laborer and journalist in New York City and then as a caretaker for a Lake Tahoe estate, all the time working on his first novel, Cup of Gold (1929). After marriage and a move to Pacific Grove, he published two California fictions, The Pastures of Heaven (1932) and To a God Unknown (1933), and worked on short stories later collected in The Long Valley (1938). Popular success and financial security came only with Tortilla Flat (1935), stories about Monterey’s paisanos. A ceaseless experimenter throughout his career, Steinbeck changed courses regularly. Three powerful novels of the late 1930s focused on the California laboring class: In Dubious Battle (1936), Of Mice and Men (1937), and the book considered by many his finest, The Grapes of Wrath (1939). Early in the 1940S, Steinbeck became a filmmaker with The Forgotten Village (1941) and a serious student of marine biology with Sea of Cortez (1941). He devoted his services to the war, writing Bombs Away (1942) and the controversial play-novelette The Moon Is Down (1942). Cannery Row (1945), The Wayward Bus (1947), The Pearl (1947), A Russian Journal (1948), another experimental drama, Burning Bright (1950), and The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951) preceded publication of the monumental East of Eden (1952), an ambitious saga of the Salinas Valley and his family’s history. The last decades of his life were spent in New York City and Sag Harbor with his third wife, with whom he traveled widely. Later books included Sweet Thursday (1954), The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication (1957), Once There Was a War (1958), The Winter of Our Discontent (1961), Travels with Charley in Search of America (1962), America and Americans (1966), and the posthumously published Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters (1969), Viva Zapata! (1975), The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights (1976), and Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath (1989). He died in 1968, having won a Nobel Prize in 1962.

BY JOHN STEINBECK

FICTION

Cup of GoldCup of Gold

The Pastures of Heaven

To a God Unknown

Tortilla Flat

In Dubious Battle

Saint Katy the Virgin

Of Mice and Men

The Red Pony

The Long Valley

The Moon Is Down

Cannery Row

The Wayward Bus

The Pearl

Burning Bright

East of Eden

Sweet Thursday

The Winter of Our Discontent

The Short Reign of Pippin IV

The Grapes of Wrath

Las uvas de la ira (Spanish-language edition of The Grapes of Wrath)

The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

 

NONFICTION

Sea of Cortez: A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research

(in collaboration with Edward F. Ricketts)

Bombs Away: The Story of a Bomber Team

A Russian Journal (with pictures by Robert Capa)

The Log from the Sea of Cortez

Once There Was a War

Travels with Charley in Search of America

America and Americans

Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters

Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath

 

PLAYS

Of Mice and Men

The Moon Is Down

 

COLLECTIONS

The Portable Steinbeck

The Short Novels of John Steinbeck

Steinbeck: A Life in Letters

 

OTHER WORKS

The Forgotten Village (documentary)

Zapata (includes the screenplay of Viva Zapata!)

 

CRITICAL LIBRARY EDITION

The Grapes of Wrath (edited by Peter Lisca)

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First published in the United States of America by The Viking Press, Inc. 1953

Published in Penguin Books 2009

 

 

Tortilla Flat

Copyright John Steinbeck, 1935

Copyright renewed John Steinbeck, 1963

 

The Red Pony

Copyright John Steinbeck, 1933, 1937, 1938

Copyright renewed John Steinbeck, 1961, 1965

 

Of Mice and Men

Copyright John Steinbeck, 1937

Copyright renewed John Steinbeck, 1965

The Moon Is Down

Copyright John Steinbeck, 1942

Copyright renewed Elaine A. Steinbeck, Thom Steinbeck, and John Steinbeck IV, 1970

 

Cannery Row

Copyright John Steinbeck, 1945

Copyright renewed Elaine Steinbeck, Thom Steinbeck, and John Steinbeck IV, 1973

 

The Pearl

Copyright John Steinbeck, 1945

Copyright renewed Elaine Steinbeck, Thom Steinbeck, and John Steinbeck IV, 1973

Originally published in Woman’s Home Companion as “The Pearl of the World”

 

Copyright Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 1953 Copyright renewed Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 1981

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TORTILLA FLAT

To

SUSAN GREGORY

of Monterey

Preface

This is the story of Danny and of Danny’s friends and of Danny’s house. It is a story of how these three became one thing, so that in Tortilla Flat if you speak of Danny’s house you do not mean a structure of wood flaked with old whitewash, overgrown with an ancient untrimmed rose of Castile. No, when you speak of Danny’s house you are understood to mean a unit of which the parts are men, from which came sweetness and joy, philanthropy and, in the end, a mystic sorrow. For Danny’s house was not unlike the Round Table, and Danny’s friends were not unlike the knights of it. And this is the story of how that group came into being, of how it flourished and grew to be an organization beautiful and wise. This story deals with the adventuring of Danny’s friends, with the good they did, with their thoughts and their endeavors. In the end, this story tells how the talisman was lost and how the group disintegrated.

In Monterey, that old city on the coast of California, these things are well known, and they are repeated and sometimes elaborated. It is well that this cycle be put down on paper so that in a future time scholars, hearing the legends, may not say as they say of Arthur and of Roland and of Robin Hood—“There was no Danny nor any group of Danny’s friends, nor any house. Danny is a nature god and his friends primitive symbols of the wind, the sky, the sun.” This history is designed now and ever to keep the sneers from the lips of sour scholars.

Monterey sits on the slope of a hill, with a blue bay below it and with a forest of tall dark pine trees at its back. The lower parts of the town are inhabited by Americans, Italians, catchers and canners of fish. But on the hill where the forest and the town intermingle, where the streets are innocent of asphalt and the corners free of street lights, the old inhabitants of Monterey are embattled as the Ancient Britons are embattled in Wales. These are the paisanos.

They live in old wooden houses set in weedy yards, and the pine trees from the forest are about the houses. The paisanos are clean of commercialism, free of the complicated systems of American business, and, having nothing that can be stolen, exploited, or mortgaged, that system has not attacked them very vigorously.

What is a paisano? He is a mixture of Spanish, Indian, Mexican, and assorted Caucasian bloods. His ancestors have lived in California for a hundred or two years. He speaks English with a paisano accent and Spanish with a paisano accent. When questioned concerning his race, he indignantly claims pure Spanish blood and rolls up his sleeve to show that the soft inside of his arm is nearly white. His color, like that of a well-browned meerschaum pipe, he ascribes to sunburn. He is a paisano, and he lives in the uphill district above the town of Monterey called Tortilla Flat, although it isn’t a flat at all.

Danny was a paisano, and he grew up in Tortilla Flat and everyone liked him, but he did not stand out particularly from the screeching children of Tortilla Flat. He was related to nearly everyone in the Flat by blood or romance. His grandfather was an important man who owned two small houses in Tortilla Flat and was respected for his wealth. If the growing Danny preferred to sleep in the forest, to work on ranches, and to wrest his food and wine from an unwilling world, it was not because he did not have influential relatives. Danny was small and dark and intent. At twenty-five his legs were bent to the exact curves of a horse’s sides.

Now when Danny was twenty-five years old, the war with Germany was declared. Danny and his friend Pilon (Pilon, by the way, is something thrown in when a trade is conducted—a boot) had two gallons of wine when they heard about the war. Big Joe Portagee saw the glitter of the bottles among the pines and he joined Danny and Pilon.

As the wine went down in the bottles, patriotism arose in the three men. And when the wine was gone they went down the hill arm in arm for comradeship and safety, and they walked into Monterey. In front of an enlistment station they cheered loudly for America and dared Germany to do her worst. They howled menaces at the German Empire until the enlistment sergeant awakened and put on his uniform and came into the street to silence them. He remained to enlist them.

The sergeant lined them up in front of his desk. They passed everything but the sobriety test and then the sergeant began his questions with Pilon.

“What branch do you want to go in?”

“I don’ give a god-damn,” said Pilon jauntily.

“I guess we need men like you in the infantry.” And Pilon was written so.

He turned then to Big Joe, and the Portagee was getting sober. “Where do you want to go?”

“I want to go home,” Big Joe said miserably.

The sergeant put him in the infantry too. Finally he confronted Danny, who was sleeping on his feet. “Where do you want to go?”

“Huh?”

“I say, what branch?”

“What do you mean, ‘branch’?”

“What can you do?”

“Me? I can do anything.”

“What did you do before?”

“Me? I’m a mule skinner.”

“Oh, you are? How many mules can you drive?”

Danny leaned forward, vaguely and professionally. “How many you got?”

“About thirty thousand,” said the sergeant.

Danny waved his hand. “Strin...

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