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John Steinbeck - Author

About the Author

John Steinbeck (1902-68) is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. During the 1930s, his works included The Red Pony, Pastures of Heaven, Tortilla Flat, In Dubious Battle, and Of Mice and Men. The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939, earned him a Pulitzer Prize. In 1962, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Featured books by John Steinbeck

The Pearl

The Pearl

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

Kino is a desperately poor Mexican pearl diver. But when he finds 'The Pearl of the World' he believes that his life will be magically transformed. Obsessed by his dreams, Kino is blind to the greed, fear and even violence the pearl arouses in his neighbours - and himself.

The Red Pony

The Red Pony

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

Young Jody Tiflin lives on his father's California ranch. He is thrilled when his father gives him a red pony, and later promises him the colt of a bay mare. Both these gifts bring joy to Jodi's life - but tragedy soon follows. As Jodi begins to learn the harsh lessons of life and death, he starts to understand what growing-up and becoming an adult really means.

Other books by John Steinbeck

Level 5: The Grapes of Wrath

Level 5: The Grapes of Wrath

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/12/2018

Classic / American English During the Great Depression in the United States, and after the loss of their farm in Oklahoma, the Joad family is faced with a journey of more than one thousand miles to California in search of a better life. Can hope defeat poverty, illness, hunger, and even death as they follow their dream?

The Pearl

The Pearl

Author: John Steinbeck, Gavin Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/12/2018

This is the story of a Mexican Indian pearl diver who found the greatest pearl in the world, but lost his happiness. New Longman Literature: Steinbeck offers a complete study programme for Steinbeck novels. Each text contains a detailed introductory section and notes and activities for each chapter, all written for a range of abilities and designed to develop pupils' knowledge of the text and their skills of analysis. The Programme of Study section contains questions that help students improve their exam technique.

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

Author: John Steinbeck Format: eBook Release Date: 10/07/2018

A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression They are an unlikely pair: George is "e;small and quick and dark of face"e;; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "e;family,"e; clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation. Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him. "e;A thriller, a gripping tale . . . that you will not set down until it is finished. Steinbeck has touched the quick."e; The New York Times

Pearl

Pearl

Author: John Steinbeck Format: eBook Release Date: 10/07/2018

';There it lay, the great pearl, perfect as the moon.' Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull's egg, as "e;perfect as the moon."e; With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security.... A story of classic simplicity, based on a Mexican folk tale, The Pearl explores the secrets of man's nature, the darkest depths of evil, and the luminous possibilities of love.

Travels with Charley in Search of America

Travels with Charley in Search of America

Author: John Steinbeck Format: eBook Release Date: 10/07/2018

An intimate journey across America, as told by one of its most beloved writers To hear the speech of the real America, to smell the grass and the trees, to see the colors and the lightthese were John Steinbeck's goals as he set out, at the age of fifty-eight, to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years. With Charley, his French poodle, Steinbeck drives the interstates and the country roads, dines with truckers, encounters bears at Yellowstone and old friends in San Francisco. Along the way he reflects on the American character, racial hostility, the particular form of American loneliness he finds almost everywhere, and the unexpected kindness of strangers.

The Vigilante

The Vigilante

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2018

'Everything was dead, everything unreal; the dark mob was made up of stiff lay-figures' One of America's greatest writers explores mob violence, voyeurism and betrayal in these unforgettable tales of Californian life. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York's underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.

The Red Pony

The Red Pony

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

'A little masterpiece' New York Times Jody Tiflin is a ten-year-old boy, living on his father's ranch. One day his father brings home a small pony. He's Jody's, if the boy will learn to feed, clean, stable and care for him. But Jody learns, through the colt, and through his other adventures on the ranch, that with responsibility can come sacrifice and pain. Joy may swiftly turn to tragedy. And he also discover that the simplicities of childhood must eventually turn into the complications of adulthood. The Red Pony is Steinbeck's brilliant, and sometimes brutal, celebration of adolescence, with a stunning new cover by renowned artist Bijou Karman.

Cannery Row

Cannery Row

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

'Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.' Meet the gamblers, whores, drunks, bums and artists of Cannery Row in Monterey, California, during the Great Depression. They want to throw a party for their friend Doc, so Mack and the boys set about, in their own inimitable way, recruiting everyone in the neighbourhood to the cause. But along the way they can't help but get involved in a little mischief and misadventure. It wouldn't be Cannery Row if it was otherwise, now would it? This edition features a stunning new cover by renowned artist Bijou Karman.

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

'Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place.' George and his large, simple-minded friend Lennie are drifters, following wherever work leads them. Arriving in California's Salinas Valley, they get work on a ranch. If they can just stay out of trouble, George promises Lennie, then one day they might be able to get some land of their own and settle down some place. But kind-hearted, childlike Lennie is a victim of his own strength. Seen by others as a threat, he finds it impossible to control his emotions. And one day not even George will be able to save him from trouble. Of Mice and Men is a tragic and moving story of friendship, loneliness and the dispossessed, with a stunning new cover by renowned artist Bijou Karman.

East of Eden

East of Eden

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

California's fertile Salinas Valley is home to two families whose destinies are fruitfully, and fatally, intertwined. Over the generations, between the beginning of the twentieth century and the end of the First World War, the Trasks and the Hamiltons will helplessly replay the fall of Adam and Eve and the murderous rivalry of Cain and Abel. East of Eden was considered by Steinbeck to be his magnum opus, and its epic scope and memorable characters, exploring universal themes of love and identity, ensure it remains one of America's most enduring novels. This edition features a stunning new cover by renowned artist Bijou Karman.

The Pearl

The Pearl

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

'In the town they tell the story of the great pearl - how it was found and how it was lost again. They tell of Kino, the fisherman, and of his wife, Juana, and of the baby, Coyotito. And because the story has been told so often, it has taken root in every man's mind.' The Pearl is Steinbeck's heartbreaking short parable about wealth and the darkness and evil it can instill in even the most generous of men's hearts. This edition features a stunning new cover by renowned artist Bijou Karman.

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2017

'To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth.' Drought and economic depression are driving thousands from Oklahoma. As their land becomes just another strip in the dust bowl, the Joads, a family of sharecroppers, decide they have no choice but to follow. They head west, towards California, where they hope to find work and a future for their family. But while the journey to this promised land will take its inevitable toll, there remains uncertainty about what awaits their arrival . . . Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, The Grapes of Wrath is an epic human drama, with a stunning new cover by renowned artist Bijou Karman.

The Red Pony

The Red Pony

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

Young Jody Tiflin lives on his father's California ranch. He is thrilled when his father gives him a red pony, and later promises him the colt of a bay mare. Both these gifts bring joy to Jodi's life - but tragedy soon follows. As Jodi begins to learn the harsh lessons of life and death, he starts to understand what growing-up and becoming an adult really means.

The Pearl

The Pearl

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

Kino is a desperately poor Mexican pearl diver. But when he finds 'The Pearl of the World' he believes that his life will be magically transformed. Obsessed by his dreams, Kino is blind to the greed, fear and even violence the pearl arouses in his neighbours - and himself.

Iarna vrajbei noastre

Iarna vrajbei noastre

Author: John Steinbeck Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2016

Publicat cu un an inainte ca Steinbeck sa primeasca Premiul Nobel pentru literatura, romanul urmareste marasmul ce a cuprins societatea americana in anii 1960. Personajul central, Ethan, ajunge in pragul saraciei lucrand ca functionar in propria bacanie, detinuta acum de un imigrant italian. Sotia si copiii se plang la nesfarsit de lipsa banilor si de viata pe care o duc, iar Ethan incearca cu disperare sa le ofere fericirea si, in acelasi timp, sa-si pastreze demnitatea. Prin Iarna vrajbei noastre, Steinbeck ne poarta intr-o calatorie spre miezul disperarii protagonistului sau, alimentata fara incetare de sentimentul ratarii.

Strada Sardinelor

Strada Sardinelor

Author: John Steinbeck Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2016

Doc este biolog marin, studiaza si aduna creaturi ale oceanului de pe coasta Californiei. Majoritatea acestora sunt trimise la universitati, muzee si laboratoare de pe intregul continent. Insa, dincolo de pasionanta lui ocupatie, Doc este un personaj excentric pentru cei din jurul sau: un individ maruntel, cu o barba impresionanta si accese de furie oarba. Dar poate fi si cea mai charismatica si mai amabila fiinta din lume, genul de om care isi scoate palaria cand trece pe langa un caine, iar cainele ii raspunde cu un zambet - si, de asemenea, un excelent ascultator, curios sa afle cate ceva despre oricine, astfel incat toata lumea care il cunoaste ii arata simpatie. Romanul Strada Sardinelor a fost ecranizat in regia lui David S. Ward, cu Nick Nolte in rolul principal.

Los Crisantemos

Los Crisantemos

Author: John Steinbeck Format: eBook Release Date: 21/03/2016

Esta pequena obra maestra de Steinbeck retrata la vida de Elisa Allen, una mujer fuerte y apasionada, que lleva una existencia sin brillo, dedicada a su hogar. Casada con un granjero de California, su unica ilusion y orgullo es el cultivo de sus flores. La aparicion de un buhonero le hara cuestionarse, en cierto modo, su condicion de mujer. Aparecido por primera vez en 1937 en la revista Harper, el autor norteamericano nos habla de la cuestin del gnero de una manera sutil y delicada. Es un momento en el que el mundo de las mujeres est dominado por los hombres, que impiden su realizacin personal, social y sexual. El simbolismo que subyace a lo largo de toda la obra hace que sea uno de los relatos cortos ms bellos e imprescindibles del ganador del Premio Nobel en 1962.

Jurnal rusesc

Jurnal rusesc

Author: John Steinbeck Format: eBook Release Date: 08/10/2015

Aparut pentru prima data in 1948, Jurnal rusesc este relatarea unei calatorii inedite facute de John Steinbeck in Uniunea Sovietica in anii de inceput ai Razboiului Rece. Insotit de fotograful Robert Capa, romancierul american viziteaza Moscova, dar calatoreste si in alte locuri din U.R.S.S.: ajunge in Stalingradul distrus de razboi, viziteaza Kievul si capitala georgian[ Tbilisi si e oaspetele unor colhozuri sovietice. Intentia declarata a scriitorului, de a descrie cu obiectivitate o tara straina, necunoscuta si amenintatoare, etichetata in Statele Unite drept dusman"e; ideologic, are ca rezultat o relatare superba, cu valoare istorica si literara. In Jurnal rusesc obiectivitatea jurnalistica se impleteste cu talentul narativ al prozatorului, iar comentariul aparent inocent, umorul subtil si ironia rafinata dau un plus de farmec unei descrieri empatice, plina de intelegere, a unei lumi altfel greu de inteles.

The Grapes Of Wrath

The Grapes Of Wrath

Author: John Steinbeck Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 16/07/2015

A Sony Radio Academy Award winning dramatisation of John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, about economic migration and the endurance of the human spirit. In the midst of America's Great Depression, the Joad family travel from Oklahoma to California in search of work, only to discover thousands like them have also been on the move. Just as their money and food run out, they find work on a peach farm - but discover they're breaking a strike led by their old friend, Casy the Preacher. Tragedy strikes, and Tom Joad hits back before running for his life. The Joad family's dream of a promised land is about to end. Robert Sheehan and Zubin Varla head the cast in this powerful BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation, which was awarded Silver for Best Drama at the 2013 Sony Radio Academy Awards.

The Wayward Bus

The Wayward Bus

Author: John Steinbeck Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 12/02/2015

The Wayward Bus travelled the back-roads through the lush California countryside. Its driver was a man of the land - lusty, hot-blooded and uninhibited. On the bus was a girl who danced at stag parties, a travelling salesman strictly out for fun, a boy coming into manhood and a college girl pursuing her secret, passionate quest. This is a story of crisis and passion, of love and longing.

The Pearl

The Pearl

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2014

THE PEARL is Steinbeck's flawless parable about wealth and the evil it can bring. When Kino, an Indian pearl-diver, finds 'the Pearl of the world' he believes that his life will be magically transformed. He will marry Juana in church and their little boy, Coyotito, will be able to attend school. Obsessed by his dreams, Kino is blind to the greed, fear and even violence the pearl arouses in him and his neighbours. Haunting and lyrical, THE PEARL sets the values of the civilized world against those of the primitive and finds them tragically inadequate.

Viajes con Charley

Viajes con Charley

Author: John Steinbeck Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2014

"e;Mi plan era claro, conciso y razonable, creo yo. He viajado por diversas partes del mundo durante muchos anos. En Estados Unidos vivo en Nueva York, o me voy a Chicago o a San Francisco. Pero Nueva York no es mas los Estados Unidos de lo que Paris es Francia o Londres es Inglaterra. Asi que descubri que no conocia mi propio pais. Yo, un escritor estadounidense, que escribia sobre Estados Unidos, estaba trabajando de memoria, y la memoria es, en el mejor de los casos, un deposito defectuoso y deformado. No habia oido el habla del pais, ni olido la hierba ni los arboles ni las alcantarillas, ni visto sus cerros ni sus aguas, ni su color ni la calidad de su luz. Sabia de los cambios solo por los libros y los periodicos. Pero, aparte de eso, llevaba veinticinco anos sin sentir el pais."e;En 1960, Steinbeck, acompaado por su perro Charley, recorri ms de 16.000 kilmetros a lo largo de treinta y cuatro estados a bordo de su autocaravana Rocinante. Durante el viaje convers con camioneros y campesinos, sintiendo los miedos y las esperanzas de sus compatriotas. Este delicioso libro, que lleg a ser Nmero Uno en ventas en su pas, fue publicado poco antes de recibir el Nobel en 1962. "e;Pura delicia; un maravilloso viaje por Estados Unidos en el que Steinbeck estudia nuestros paisajes y tambin a s mismo, analizando las dificultades emocionales de hacerse viejo."e;The New York Times Book Review

The Moon is Down

The Moon is Down

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2014

Originally published at the zenith of Nazi Germany's power, 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.

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2014

Drifters in search of work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie, have nothing in the world except each other - and a dream. A dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch, but their hopes are doomed as Lennie - struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and jealousy - becomes a victim of his own strength. Tackling universal themes, friendship and a shared vision, and giving a voice to America's lonely and dispossesed, OF MICE AND MEN remains Steinbeck's most popular work.

Grapes of Wrath

Grapes of Wrath

Author: John Steinbeck Format: eBook Release Date: 07/03/2014

"e;V dushah lyudej nalivayutsya i zreyut grozd'ya gneva - tyazhelye grozd'ya, i dozrevat' im teper' uzhe nedolgo... Kul'tovyj roman Dzhona Stejnbeka "e;Grozd'ya gneva vpervye byl publikovan v Amerike v 1939 godu, poluchil Pulicerovskuyu premiyu, a sam avtor pozdnee byl nagrazhden Nobelevskoj premiej po literature. Na segodnyashnij den' "e;Grozd'ya gneva vhodyat vo mnogie uchebnye programmy shkol i kolledzhej SSHA. Vo vremya Velikoj depressii sem'ya razorennyh fermerov vynuzhdena pokinut' svoj dom v Oklahome. Po znamenitoj "e;Road 66 cherez vsyu Ameriku, kak i milliony drugih bezrabotnyh, oni edut, idut i dazhe polzut na zapad, v vozhdelennuyu Kaliforniyu. No chto ih tam zhdet? I est' li hot' kakaya-to nadezhda na svetloe budushchee?

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

Author: John Steinbeck Format: eBook Release Date: 06/03/2014

Elisa Allen is tending her chrysanthemums. Strong, with a handsome face she skilfully and proudly cultivates the best in the valley. Tonight, her husband is taking her to town. While she works, a squeak of heels and a plod of hoofs bring a curious vehicle, curiously drawn: a tradesman looking for directions and a job. He is met with curt replies and a hardened resistance. Then he notices her chrysanthemums. With his characteristic insight and evocative language, John Steinbeck creates a short story of a brief but striking encounter. Set in Salinas Valley, where he grew up, it dissects the myriad complexities of humanity, society and hidden longings.

Saint Katy the Virgin

Saint Katy the Virgin

Author: John Steinbeck Format: eBook Release Date: 06/03/2014

Roark is a bad man. His pig is a bad pig. They match in devilish temperament and violent deeds. Roark laughs at a drowned monk; his pig eats its own young and turns a boar sterile. As a spiteful tithe, the pig is given to the local monastery. The pig becomes a Christian. The pig is Saint Katy the Virgin. Fantastical and farcical, this short story parodies religious tropes and stereotypes. With a lively imagination and piercing wit, John Steinbeck delivers an absurd tale that amuses and entertains whilst asking powerful, revealing questions.

Sweet Thursday

Sweet Thursday

Author: John Steinbeck Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/03/2014

'I ain't never been satisfied with that book, Cannery Row. I would of went about it different.' Returning to the scene of Cannery Row, Steinbeck brilliantly re-creates its bawdy, high-spirited world of bums, drunks and hookers, telling the story of what happened to everyone after the war. There's Fauna, the latest madam at the Bear Flag brothel; Doc, still there for everyone else but feeling strangely sad himself; and Suzy, the new hustler in town who might just be the girl to save him.

Pastures of Heaven

Pastures of Heaven

Author: John Steinbeck Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2013

In Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck's beautifully rendered depictions of small yet fateful moments that transform ordinary lives, these twelve early stories introduce both the subject and style of artistic expression that recur in the most important works of his career. Each of these self-contained stories is linked to the others by the presence of the Munroes, a family whose misguided behavior and lack of sensitivity precipitate disasters and tragedies. As the individual dramas unfold, Steinbeck reveals the self-deceptions, intellectual limitations, and emotional vulnerabilities that shape the characters' reactions and gradually erode the harmony and dreams that once formed the foundation of the community.

Steinbeck in Vietnam

Steinbeck in Vietnam

Author: John Steinbeck Format: eBook Release Date: 29/03/2012

Although his career continued for almost three decades after the 1939 publication of The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck is still most closely associated with his Depression-era works of social struggle. But from Pearl Harbor on, he often wrote passionate accounts of America's wars based on his own firsthand experience. Vietnam was no exception.Thomas E. Barden's Steinbeck in Vietnam offers for the first time a complete collection of the dispatches Steinbeck wrote as a war correspondent for Newsday. Rejected by the military because of his reputation as a subversive, and reticent to document the war officially for the Johnson administration, Steinbeck saw in Newsday a unique opportunity to put his skills to use. Between December 1966 and May 1967, the sixty-four-year-old Steinbeck toured the major combat areas of South Vietnam and traveled to the north of Thailand and into Laos, documenting his experiences in a series of columns titled Letters to Alicia, in reference to Newsday publisher Harry F. Guggenheim's deceased wife. His columns were controversial, coming at a time when opposition to the conflict was growing and even ardent supporters were beginning to question its course. As he dared to go into the field, rode in helicopter gunships, and even fired artillery pieces, many detractors called him a warmonger and worse. Readers today might be surprised that the celebrated author would risk his literary reputation to document such a divisive war, particularly at the end of his career.Drawing on four primary-source archives-the Steinbeck collection at Princeton, the Papers of Harry F. Guggenheim at the Library of Congress, the Pierpont Morgan Library's Steinbeck holdings, and the archives of Newsday-Barden's collection brings together the last published writings of this American author of enduring national and international stature. In addition to offering a definitive edition of these essays, Barden includes extensive notes as well as an introduction that provides background on the essays themselves, the military situation, the social context of the 1960s, and Steinbeck's personal and political attitudes at the time.

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

Author: John Steinbeck, Sam Sloan Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/07/2011

Of Mice And Men

Of Mice And Men

Author: John Steinbeck Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 07/10/2010

Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they'll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn't know his own strength, and when they find work at a ranch he gets into trouble with the boss's daughter-in-law. Trouble so bad that even his protector George may not be able to save him ...

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

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

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2009

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.

The Pearl Intermediate Reader Book & CD Pack

The Pearl Intermediate Reader Book & CD Pack

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 02/03/2009

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Of Mice and Men - Upper Intermediate

Of Mice and Men - Upper Intermediate

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2009

The Grapes of Wrath - Upper Intermediate

The Grapes of Wrath - Upper Intermediate

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2009

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The Pearl - Intermediate

The Pearl - Intermediate

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Board book Release Date: 01/01/2009

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Level 2: Of Mice and Men

Level 2: Of Mice and Men

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2008

Classic / American English (Available February 2008) George and Lennie are friends and they have plans for the future. But Lennie is not very smart and he sometimes makes trouble. George wants to help him but that is not always easy. Then one night, when Lennie is alone, something happens. What can George do now? Can he help - or is it too late?

Level 6: East of Eden

Level 6: East of Eden

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2008

Classic / American English All novels are built on the never-ending contest in ourselves between good and evil. John Steinbeck, one of America's greatest writers, considered East of Eden to be his most important work. Set in California, the novel is a story of love and jealousy, forgiveness and revenge and what it means to be human.

Of Mice and Men Playscript

Of Mice and Men Playscript

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2007

The Pearl

The Pearl

Author: John Steinbeck, Linda Wagner-Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2006

When Kino, a poor Indian pearl-diver, finds 'the Pearl of the world' he believes that his life will be magically transformed. He will marry Juana and their son Coyotito will be able to attend school. Obsessed by his dreams, Kino is blind to the greed and even violence the pearl arouses in him and his neighbours. Written with lyrical simplicity, The Pearl sets the values of the civilized world against those of the primitive and finds them tragically inadequate.

East of Eden

East of Eden

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2006

'There is only one book to a man' Steinbeck wrote of East of Eden. Set in the rich farmland of the Salinas Valley, California, this powerful, often brutal novel, follows the interwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations hopelessly re-enact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of indentity; the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence.

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

Author: John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2006

'I've done my damndest to rip a reader's nerves to rags, I don't want him satisfied.' Shocking and controversial when it was first published, The Grapes of Wrath is Steinbeck's Pultizer Prize-winning epic of the Joad family, forced to travel west from Dust Bowl era Oklahoma in search of the promised land of California. Their story is one of false hopes, thwarted desires and powerlessness, yet out of their struggle Steinbeck created a drama that is both intensely human and majestic in its scale and moral vision.

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

Author: John Steinbeck, Susan Shillinglaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2006

Drifters in search of work, George and his childlike friend Lennie, have nothing in the world except the clothes on their back - and a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California's Salinas Valley, but their hopes are dashed as Lennie - struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy - becomes a victim of his own strength. Tackling universal themes of friendship and shared vision, and giving a voice to America's lonely and dispossessed, Of Mice and Men remains Steinbeck's most popular work, achieving success as a novel, Broadway play and three acclaimed films.

Of Men and Their Making The Selected Nonfiction of John Steinbeck

Of Men and Their Making The Selected Nonfiction of John Steinbeck

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2003

Steinbeck's writing was fuelled by a need to observe things firsthand, whether as a journalist or novelist. The huge success of THE GRAPES OF WRATH enabled him to travel the world, ceaselessly writing about the great events of each decade. This collection brings together the greatest of those dispatches - from countries as diverse as Vietnam, Britain, Morocco and Italy. In addition, it reproduces 'America and the Americans', a gripping account of the US in the 1960s based on Steinbeck's observations on racism, moral decline & the environment. The extremely enjoyable book makes an important point about Steinbeck's oeuvre, showing just how important journalism was to his career as a writer.

Of Mice and Men (without notes)

Of Mice and Men (without notes)

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/06/2003

Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place ...With us it ain't like that.We got a future ... because I got you to look after me and you got me to look after you. George and Lennie are migrant American labourers the one alert and protective and the other strong, stupid and potentially dangerous. This is the powerful story of their relationship and their dreams of finding a more stable and less lonely way of life. This hardback educational edition comes without notes.

The Grapes of Wrath Playscript

The Grapes of Wrath Playscript

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2002

A Life in Letters

A Life in Letters

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2001

Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck was a prolific correspondent. Opening with letters written during Steinbeck's early years in California, and closing with an unfinished, 1968 note written in Sag Harbor, New York, this collection of around 850 letters to friends, family, his editor and a diverse circle of well-known and influential public figures gives an insight into the raw creative processes of one of the most naturally-gifted and hard-working writing minds of this century.

Journal of a Novel The East of Eden Letters

Journal of a Novel The East of Eden Letters

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2001

This collection of letters forms a fascinating day-by-day account of Steinbeck's writing of EAST OF EDEN, his longest and most ambitious novel. The letters, ranging over many subjects - textual discussion, trial flights of workmanship, family matters - provide an illuminating perspective on Steinbeck, the creative genius, and a private glimpse of Steinbeck, the man.

Zapata

Zapata

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2001

A new volume which includes the original screenplay, with its copious director's notes, and the narrative - this has followed on from a previously undiscovered manuscript by Steinbeck being found in the UCLA Research Library - the narrative treatment of the story on which he based his screenplay.

Once There Was a War

Once There Was a War

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2001

'Do you know it, do you remember it, the drives, the attitudes, the terrors and, yes, the joys?' Thus Steinbeck introduces his collection of poignant and hard-hitting dispatches for the New York Herald Tribune when the Second World War was at its height. He begins in England, recounting the courage of the bomber crews, the tragic air-raids and the strangeness of the British, before being sent to Africa and joining a special operations unit off the coast of Italy. Eating, drinking talking and fighting alongside the soldiers, Steinbeck's empathy for the common man is always in evidence in these pieces, and he never fails to evoke the human side of an inhuman war. 'If you have forgotten what the war was like, Steinbeck will refresh your memory. Age can never dull this kind of writing.' Chicago Tribune

A Russian Journal

A Russian Journal

Author: John Steinbeck, Susan Shillinglaw, Robert Capa Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2001

Just after the iron curtain fell on Eastern Europe John Steinbeck and acclaimed war photographer, Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to report for the New York Herald Tribune. This rare opportunity took the famous travellers not only to Moscow and Stalingrad - now Volgograd - but through the countryside of the Ukraine and the Caucasus. A RUSSIAN JOURNAL is the distillation of their journey and remains a remarkable memoir and unique historical document. Steinbeck and Capa recorded the grim realities of factory workers, government clerks, and peasants, as they emerged from the rubble of World War II. This is an intimate glimpse of two artists at the height of their powers, answering their need to document human struggle

The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights

The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2001

Steinbeck's first posthumously published work, The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights is a reinterpretation of tales from Malory's Morte d'Arthur. In this highly successful attempt to render Malory into Modern English, Steinbeck recreated the rhythm and tone of the original Middle English.

The Winter of Our Discontent

The Winter of Our Discontent

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2001

Ethan Allen Hawley has lost the acquisitive spirit of his wealthy and enterprising forebears, a long line of proud New England sea captains and Pilgrims. Scarred by failure, Ethan works as a grocery clerk in a store his family once owned. But his wife is restless and his teenage children troubled and hungry for the material comforts he cannot provide. Then a series of unusual events reignites Ethan's ambition, and he is pitched on to a bold course, where all scruples are put aside. Steinbeck's searing examination of the evil influences of money, immorality, greed and ambition on America drew acclaim from the Nobel Committee who hailed him as an 'independent expounder of the truth'. 'Returns to the high standards of The Grapes of Wrath and to the social themes that made his early work ... so powerful' Saul Bellow, author of Herzog

Travels with Charley In Search of America

Travels with Charley In Search of America

Author: John Steinbeck, Jay, Ph.D. Parini Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2001

When he was almost sixty years old, worried that he might have lost touch with the sights, the sounds and the essence of America's people, Steinbeck took note of his itchy feet and prepared to travel. He was accompanied by his French poodle, Charley, diplomat and watchdog, across the states of America from Maine to California. Moving through the woods and deserts, dirt tracks and highways to large cities and glorious wildernesses, Steinbeck observed - with remarkable honesty and insight, with a humorous and sometimes sceptical eye - America, and the Americans who inhabited it. What he saw was a lonely, generous nation too packed with individuals for single judgements; what he saw made him proud, angry, sympathetic and elated. His vision of how the world was changing still speaks to us prophetically through the decades.

Cup Of Gold A Life Of Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer, With Occasional Reference To History

Cup Of Gold A Life Of Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer, With Occasional Reference To History

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2001

This lush, lyrical fantasy is Steinbeck's sole work of historical fiction. Henry Morgan ruled the Spanish Main in the 1670s, ravaging the coasts of Cuba and America and striking terror wherever he went. His lust and greed knew no bounds, and he was utterly consumed by two passions; to possess the mysterious woman known as La Santa Roja, the Red Saint, and to conquer Panama and wrest 'the cup of gold' from Spanish hands.

The Pastures of Heaven

The Pastures of Heaven

Author: John Steinbeck, James Nagel, James Nagel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2001

Each of these delightful interconnected tales is devoted to a family living in a fertile valley on the outskirts of Monterey, California, and the effects that one particular family has on them all. Steinbeck tackles two important literary traditions here; American naturalism, with its focus on the conflict between natural instincts and the demand to conform to society's norms, and the short story cycle. Set in the heart of 'Steinbeck land', the lush Californian valleys.

The Wayward Bus

The Wayward Bus

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2001

The Wayward Bus travels through the backroads of the lush California countryside, transporting the lost and the lonely to new destinations. Juan Chicoy is at the wheel, a man of the land, hot-blooded and uninhibited. His passengers include Ernest, a travelling salesman out for fun, seventeen-year-old Kit, also known as Pimples, and Camille the stripper who dances at stag nights and takes the star-struck young Norma under her wing. This powerful and unsentimental novel becomes a story of crisis and passion, love and longing, as the travellers reveal their secrets and journey away from their pasts and towards, possibly, the promise of the future. The Wayward Bus, with its profound insight into human desires and failings, remains one of Steinbeck's most powerful novels.

The Short Reign of Pippin IV A Fabrication

The Short Reign of Pippin IV A Fabrication

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/01/2001

Steinbeck's only work of political satire turns the French Revolution on its head, as amateur astronomer Pippin Heristal is drafted in to rule the unruly French. Enchanting comedy ensues as Steinbeck creates the most hilarious royal court ever around the brief, bold reign of the corduroy-clad Pippin, his social-climbing wife Maria, his star-struck daughter Clotilde and her Californian beau, Todd.

In Dubious Battle

In Dubious Battle

Author: John Steinbeck, Warren French, Warren French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/01/2001

Both a fast-paced story of social unrest and strike, and the tale of one young man's struggle for identity, IN DUBIOUS BATTLE is a novel about the apocalyptic violence that breaks out when the masses become the mob. Set in California apple country, a strike by migrant workers spirals out of control, as principled defiance turns into blind fanaticism. Caught in this upheaval is Jim Nolan, a once aimless man who finds himself briefly becoming the leader of the strike before being crushed in its service. IN DUBIOUS BATTLE explores and dramatises many of the ideas and themes key to Steinbeck's writing.

Burning Bright A Play in Story Form

Burning Bright A Play in Story Form

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/01/2001

'A man can't scrap his bloodline, can't snip the thread of immortality.' Such is the strength of Joe Saul's desperate longing for a child, that he feels as if a dark curse is upon him after three unfruitful years of marriage. Yet unbeknown to him, he is sterile. His beautiful, young, devoted wife loves him so much that she secretly conceives the child of another man. But when Joe discovers her deception, his anguish is greater than ever before... A powerful, tragic and deeply moving tale.

The Log from the Sea of Cortez

The Log from the Sea of Cortez

Author: John Steinbeck, Richard Astro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/01/2001

In 1940 Steinbeck sailed in a sardine boat with his great friend the marine biologist, Ed Ricketts, to collect marine invertebrates from the beaches of the Gulf of California. The expedition was described by the two men in SEA OF CORTEZ, published in 1941. The day-to-day story of the trip is told here in the Log, which combines science, philosophy and high-spirited adventure.

To a God Unknown

To a God Unknown

Author: John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott, Robert DeMott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2000

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.

The Moon is Down

The Moon is Down

Author: John Steinbeck, Donald V. Coers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2000

Originally published at the zenith of Nazi Germany's power, 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.

Sweet Thursday

Sweet Thursday

Author: John Steinbeck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2000

In Monterey, on the California Coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday - one of those days that's just bad from the start. But Sweet Thursday is sunny and clear, a day when anything can happen. Returning to the scene of Cannery Row, Steinbeck brilliantly creates its bawdy, high-spirited world of bums, drunks and hookers, telling the story of what happened to everyone after the war. There are colourful characters old and new, all united by love, laughter and tears: Fauna, the latest madam at the Bear Flag brothel, Doc, still there for everyone else but feeling strangely sad himself, and Suzy, the new hustler in town who might just be the girl to save him.

The Long Valley

The Long Valley

Author: John Steinbeck, John H. Timmerman, John H. Timmerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2000

This classic collection of short stories serves as the ideal introduction to Steinbeck's work. Set in the idyllic Salinas Valley in California, where simple people farm the land and struggle to find a place for themeselves in the world, these stories reflect many of the concerns key to Steinbeck as a writer; the tensions between town and city, labourers and owners, past and present. Included here are the celebrated tales, THE MURDERER and THE CHRYSANTHEMUMS.

The Red Pony

The Red Pony

Author: John Steinbeck, John Seelye Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2000

Jody Tiflin has the urge for rebellion, but he also wants to be loved. In THE RED PONY, Jody begins to learn about adulthood - its pain, its responsibilities and its problems - through his acceptance of his father's gifts. First he is given a red pony, and later he is promised the colt of a bay mare. Yet both of these gifts bring him tragedy as well as joy, and Jody is taught not only the harsh lessons of life and death, but made painfully aware of the fallibilty of adults.

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

Author: John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2000

Shocking and controversial when it was first published in 1939, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of dust bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel West in search of the promised land. Their story is one of false hopes, thwarted desires and broken dreams, yet out of their suffering Steinbeck created a drama that is intensely human, yet majestic in its scale and moral vision; an eloquent tribute to the endurance and dignity of the human spirit.

Cannery Row

Cannery Row

Author: John Steinbeck, Susan Shillinglaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2000

In the din and stink that is Cannery Row a colourful blend of misfits - gamblers, whores, drunks, bums and artists - survive side by side in a jumble of adventure and mischief. Lee Chong, the astute owner of the well-stocked grocery store, is also the proprietor of the Palace Flophouse that Mack and his troupe of good-natured 'boys' call home. Dora runs the brothel with clockwork efficiency and a generous heart, and Doc is the fount of all wisdom. Packed with invention and joie de vivre CANNERY ROW is Steinbeck's high-spirited tribute to his native California.

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

Author: John Steinbeck, Susan Shillinglaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2000

Drifters in search of work, George and his childlike friend Lennie, have nothing in the world except the clothes on their back - and a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California's Salinas Valley, but their hopes are dashed as Lennie - struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy - becomes a victim of his own strength. Tackling universal themes of friendship and shared vision, and giving a voice to America's lonely and dispossessed, Of Mice and Men remains Steinbeck's most popular work, achieving success as a novel, Broadway play and three acclaimed films.

The Pearl

The Pearl

Author: John Steinbeck, Linda Wagner-Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2000

When Kino, a poor Indian pearl-diver, finds 'the Pearl of the world' he believes that his life will be magically transformed. He will marry Juana and their son Coyotito will be able to attend school. Obsessed by his dreams, Kino is blind to the greed and even violence the pearl arouses in him and his neighbours. Written with lyrical simplicity, The Pearl sets the values of the civilized world against those of the primitive and finds them tragically inadequate.

Tortilla Flat

Tortilla Flat

Author: John Steinbeck, Thomas Fensch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2000

Steinbeck's first major critical and commercial success, TORTILLA FLAT is also his funniest novel. Danny is a paisano, descended from the original Spanish settlers who arrived in Monterey, California, centuries before. He values friendship abovemoney and possessions, so that when he suddently inherits two houses, Danny is quick to offer shelter to his fellow gentlemen of the road. Their love of freedom and scorn for material things draw them into daring and often hilarious adventures. Until Danny, tiring of his new reponsibilities, suddenly disappears...

East of Eden

East of Eden

Author: John Steinbeck, David Wyatt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2000

Set in the rich farmland of the Salinas Valley, California, this powerful, often brutal novel, follows the interwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations hopelessly re-enact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of indentity; the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence.

Of Mice and Men (with notes)

Of Mice and Men (with notes)

Author: John Steinbeck, Jim Taylor Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2000

Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place ...With us it ain't like that.We got a future ... because I got you to look after me and you got me to look after you. George and Lennie are migrant American labourers the one alert and protective and the other strong, stupid and potentially dangerous. This is the powerful story of their relationship and their dreams of finding a more stable and less lonely way of life. This hardback educational edition contains notes to help students' understanding.

The Grapes Of Wrath

The Grapes Of Wrath

Author: John Steinbeck, Brad Leithauser Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/03/1993

An epic story of the nineteen-thirties' Depression which traces the story of one destitute family among the thousands who fled the Dust Bowl to the promise of California, THE GRAPES OF WRATH awakened the conscience of a nation. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize on its appearance in 1939, Steinbeck's novel has been compared in its impact and influence with UNCLE TOM'S CABIN.

Grapes of Wrath, The

Grapes of Wrath, The

Author: John Steinbeck Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Set against the backdrop of America's Great Depression and Dust Bowl, a family of farmers from Oklahoma head west in search of work, only to discover thousands like them are also on the move. Following a violent altercation with some locals, they head back on the road with their dream of a promised land in tatters. And life is set to get much worse for the Joads... John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about economic migration and the endurance of the human spirit is dramatized by Donna Franceschild and directed by Kirsty Williams.

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