A John Steinbeck Encyclopedia by Brian Railsback, Michael Meyer

By Brian Railsback, Michael Meyer

One of many maximum novelists of the twentieth century, John Steinbeck remains to be learn and studied in any respect degrees. This encyclopedia widely overviews his lifestyles and writings. incorporated are approximately 1200 alphabetically prepared entries through greater than forty specialist members. Entries disguise his works, significant characters, kin and contemporaries, affects, and numerous detailed themes on the topic of his literary profession. a number of the entries cite works for extra examining, and the encyclopedia closes with a specific, normal bibliography.
Known for his searing social feedback, John Steinbeck is among the hottest and influential American writers of the 20 th century. His works are learn and studied in any respect degrees and feature been made into movies. And even though critics and students firstly came upon fault together with his vastly renowned works, he's now commonly acknowledges as a grasp of his craft. This encyclopedia presents an in depth assessment of his existence and profession and is available to school scholars, undergraduates, and normal readers.
Presented are approximately 1200 alphabetically prepared entries by way of greater than forty professional individuals. those entries disguise his works, significant characters, family and contemporaries, affects, and more than a few distinctive subject matters.

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Unlike many fiction writers, Steinbeck is not primarily asking the reader to come to some moral conclusion, but to improve and enlarge his vision and to adapt and evolve in response to what he sees—which is what Steinbeck asks of his characters. We see this kind of evolution of thinking in Tom Joad, in The Grapes of Wrath, which is Steinbeck’s masterpiece. In response xlv to the changes in society and in the environment, Tom is forced to change his perspective from that of rugged, Western individualism to that of a responsive member of the human community.

During the last half of his life, while living in New York, he struggled, with compost and care, against the soot-filled air, intemperate weather, and lack of sun (his yard was surrounded by tall apartment buildings) to raise flowers and vegetables. During his last weeks, when he knew he was dying and was confined to his tower apartment, he planted seeds in pots and flower boxes, with little hope of seeing results, just to have something near him, growing. We can only guess the full implications of what having a garden meant to him, but since the most commonly used mythic/ symbolic structure in his work was the Garden of Eden, we can surmise that there was in his own gardening some sense of connection with the history of man and the processes of nature.

Steinbeck’s novel, The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939, is considered one of the great literary works to portray the effects of the Depression. 1930 Married to Carol Henning Steinbeck at the beginning of the year. After a couple of brief moves, the couple settles in the Chronology old Steinbeck cottage in Pacific Grove. Carol helps Steinbeck find a stronger, more realistic writing voice and supports him with shrewd editorial advice through his most productive period, the 1930s. He also meets Edward F.

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