The Harvest Gypsies

The Harvest Gypsies
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: Heyday
Total Pages: 62
Release: 2002-01-01
ISBN 10: 9781890771614
ISBN 13: 1890771619
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Harvest Gypsies Book Review:

Collects seven newspaper articles on migrant farm workers, squatters' camps and the Hoovervilles of California that the author wrote for The San Francisco News in 1936, providing the factual foundation for the The Grapes of Wrath published three years later. Reissue.

The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings 1936 1941

The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings  1936 1941
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 1067
Release: 1996
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015036032368
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings 1936 1941 Book Review:

Contains writings completed by Steinbeck between 1936 and 1941, featuring "The Grapes of Wrath," and including a report on migrant workers, several short stories, and an account of a marine expedition.

Working Days

Working Days
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 180
Release: 1990
ISBN 10: 9780140144574
ISBN 13: 0140144579
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Working Days Book Review:

The novelist records his thoughts, feelings, and experiences during the writing of The grapes of wrath, in this diary of those years

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: Penguin Classics
Total Pages: 678
Release: 2014
ISBN 10: 9780141394886
ISBN 13: 0141394889
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Grapes of Wrath Book Review:

Shocking and controversial when it was first published in 1939, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. It tells of the Joad family who travel West in search of the promised land, and find only broken dreams.

Once There Was a War

Once There Was a War
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2007-08-28
ISBN 10: 1440633991
ISBN 13: 9781440633997
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Once There Was a War Book Review:

A Penguin Classic “Age can never dull this kind of writing,” writes the Chicago Tribune of John Steinbeck’s dispatches from World War II, filed for the New York Herald Tribune in 1943, which vividly captured the human side of war. Writing from England in the midst of the London blitz, North Africa, and Italy, Steinbeck focuses on the people as opposed to the battles, portraying everyone from the guys in the bomber crew to Bob Hope on his USO tour. He eats and drinks with soldiers behind enemy lines, talks with them, and fights beside them. First published in book form in 1958, these writings, now with a new introduction by Mark Bowden, create an unforgettable portrait of life in wartime that continues to resonate with truth and humanity.

The Winter of Our Discontent

The Winter of Our Discontent
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 291
Release: 2008
ISBN 10: 9780143039488
ISBN 13: 0143039482
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Winter of Our Discontent Book Review:

The final novel of one of America’s most beloved writers—a tale of degeneration, corruption, and spiritual crisis In awarding John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with The Winter of Our Discontent, he had “resumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American.” Ethan Allen Hawley, the protagonist of Steinbeck’s last novel, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With Ethan no longer a member of Long Island’s aristocratic class, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards. Set in Steinbeck’s contemporary 1960 America, the novel explores the tenuous line between private and public honesty, and today ranks alongside his most acclaimed works of penetrating insight into the American condition. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by leading Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The Short Reign of Pippin IV

The Short Reign of Pippin IV
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2007-04-24
ISBN 10: 1440628629
ISBN 13: 9781440628627
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Short Reign of Pippin IV Book Review:

In his only work of political satire, The Short Reign of Pippin IV, John Steinbeck turns the French Revolution upside down as amateur astronomer Pippin Héristal is drafted to rule the unruly French. Steinbeck creates around the infamous Pippin the most hilarious royal court ever: Pippin’s wife, Queen Marie, who “might have taken her place at the bar of a very good restaurant”; his uncle, a man of dubious virtue; his glamour-struck daughter and her beau, the son of the so-called “egg king” of Petaluma, California; and a motley crew of courtiers and politicians, guards and gardeners. This edition includes an introduction by Robert Morsberger and Katharine Morsberger.

American Exodus

American Exodus
Author: James Noble Gregory
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 338
Release: 1991
ISBN 10: 9780195071368
ISBN 13: 0195071360
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Exodus Book Review:

Gregory reaches into the migrants' lives to reveal both their economic trials and their impact on California's culture and society. He traces the development of an 'Okie subculture' which is now an essential element of California's cultural landscape.

Mad at the World A Life of John Steinbeck

Mad at the World  A Life of John Steinbeck
Author: William Souder
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2020-10-13
ISBN 10: 0393292274
ISBN 13: 9780393292275
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mad at the World A Life of John Steinbeck Book Review:

A resonant biography of America’s most celebrated novelist of the Great Depression. The first full-length biography of the Nobel laureate to appear in a quarter century, Mad at the World illuminates what has made the work of John Steinbeck an enduring part of the literary canon: his capacity for empathy. Pulitzer Prize finalist William Souder explores Steinbeck’s long apprenticeship as a writer struggling through the depths of the Great Depression, and his rise to greatness with masterpieces such as The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men, and The Grapes of Wrath. Angered by the plight of the Dust Bowl migrants who were starving even as they toiled to harvest California’s limitless bounty, fascinated by the guileless decency of the downtrodden denizens of Cannery Row, and appalled by the country’s refusal to recognize the humanity common to all of its citizens, Steinbeck took a stand against social injustice—paradoxically given his inherent misanthropy—setting him apart from the writers of the so-called "lost generation." A man by turns quick-tempered, compassionate, and ultimately brilliant, Steinbeck could be a difficult person to like. Obsessed with privacy, he was mistrustful of people. Next to writing, his favorite things were drinking and womanizing and getting married, which he did three times. And while he claimed indifference about success, his mid-career books and movie deals made him a lot of money—which passed through his hands as quickly as it came in. And yet Steinbeck also took aim at the corrosiveness of power, the perils of income inequality, and the urgency of ecological collapse, all of which drive public debate to this day. Steinbeck remains our great social realist novelist, the writer who gave the dispossessed and the disenfranchised a voice in American life and letters. Eloquent, nuanced, and deeply researched, Mad at the World captures the full measure of the man and his work.

Golden Gate Metropolis

Golden Gate Metropolis
Author: Charles Wollenberg
Publsiher: University of California Inst of
Total Pages: 380
Release: 1985
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015018642796
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Golden Gate Metropolis Book Review:

Essays on the history of the San Francisco region include discussions of prehistoric culture, the Gold Rush, immigrants, colleges, and regional government

Sweet Thursday

Sweet Thursday
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2008-07-29
ISBN 10: 1440635498
ISBN 13: 9781440635496
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sweet Thursday Book Review:

A Penguin Classic In Monterey, on the California coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday, which is one of those days that are just naturally bad. Returning to the scene of Cannery Row—the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey, John Steinbeck once more brings to life the denizens of a netherworld of laughter and tears—from Doc, based on Steinbeck’s lifelong friend Ed Ricketts, to Fauna, new headmistress of the local brothel, to Hazel, a bum whose mother must have wanted a daughter. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by Robert DeMott. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction

America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2003-04-29
ISBN 10: 144062660X
ISBN 13: 9781440626609
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction Book Review:

A Penguin Classic More than four decades after his death, John Steinbeck remains one of the nation's most beloved authors. Yet few know of his career as a journalist who covered world events from the Great Depression to Vietnam. Now, this distinctive collection offers a portrait of the artist as citizen, deeply engaged in the world around him. In addition to the complete text of Steinbeck's last published book, America and Americans, this volume brings together for the first time more than fifty of Steinbeck's finest essays and journalistic pieces on Salinas, Sag Harbor, Arthur Miller, Woody Guthrie, the Vietnam War and more. This edition is edited by Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw and Steinbeck biographer Jackson J. Benson. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2008-12-30
ISBN 10: 1440655529
ISBN 13: 9781440655524
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights Book Review:

Steinbeck's only work of fantasy literature—in a deluxe edition with a foreword by Christopher Paolini, New York Times bestselling author of Eragon, Eldest and Brisingr A Penguin Classic Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur was the first book that John Steinbeck truly enjoyed reading as a child. Fascinated by Arthurian tales of adventure, knighthood, honor and friendship, in addition to the challenging nuances of the original Anglo-Saxon language, Steinbeck set out to render these stories faithfully and with keen animation for a modern audience. Here then is Steinbeck’s modernization of the adventure of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, featuring the icons of Arthurian legend—including King Arthur, Merlin, Morgan le Fay, the incomparable Queen Guinevere, and Arthur's purest knight, Sir Lancelot of the Lake. These enduring tales of loyalty and betrayal in the time of Camelot flicker with the wonder and magic of an era past but not forgotten. Steinbeck's retelling will capture the attention and imagination of legions of Steinbeck fans, including those who love Arthurian romances, as well as countless readers of science fiction and fantasy literature. This edition features a new foreword by Christopher Paolini, author of the number-one New York Times bestselling novels Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr. It also includes the letters John Steinbeck wrote to his literary agent, Elizabeth Otis, and to Chase Horton, the original editor of this volume. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The Pastures of Heaven

The Pastures of Heaven
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 240
Release: 1995-04-01
ISBN 10: 1440674175
ISBN 13: 9781440674174
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Pastures of Heaven Book Review:

A Penguin Classic 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. This edition includes an introduction and notes by James Nagel. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Breathing Space

Breathing Space
Author: Gregg Mitman
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 309
Release: 2008-10-01
ISBN 10: 9780300138320
ISBN 13: 0300138326
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Breathing Space Book Review:

Allergy is the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. More than fifty million Americans suffer from allergies, and they spend an estimated $18 billion coping with them. Yet despite advances in biomedicine and enormous investment in research over the past fifty years, the burden of allergic disease continues to grow. Why have we failed to reverse this trend? Breathing Space offers an intimate portrait of how allergic disease has shaped American culture, landscape, and life. Drawing on environmental, medical, and cultural history and the life stories of people, plants, and insects, Mitman traces how America’s changing environment from the late 1800s to the present day has led to the epidemic growth of allergic disease. We have seen a never-ending stream of solutions to combat allergies, from hay fever resorts, herbicides, and air-conditioned homes to numerous potions and pills. But, as Mitman shows, despite the quest for a magic bullet, none of the attempted solutions has succeeded. Until we address how our changing environment—physical, biological, social, and economic—has helped to create America’s allergic landscape, that hoped-for success will continue to elude us.

Steinbeck in Vietnam

Steinbeck in Vietnam
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: University of Virginia Press
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2012-03-29
ISBN 10: 081393270X
ISBN 13: 9780813932705
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Steinbeck in Vietnam Book Review:

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.

Tortilla Flat

Tortilla Flat
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 207
Release: 1986
ISBN 10: 9780140042405
ISBN 13: 0140042407
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tortilla Flat Book Review:

Danny, a mule skinner during the First World War, returns to Tortilla Flat to enjoy the carefree and amoral life of the paisano

On Reading The Grapes of Wrath

On Reading The Grapes of Wrath
Author: Susan Shillinglaw
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2014-02-19
ISBN 10: 0698146093
ISBN 13: 9780698146099
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On Reading The Grapes of Wrath Book Review:

In this compelling biography of a book, Susan Shillinglaw delves into John Steinbeck's classic to explore the cultural, social, political, scientific, and creative impact of The Grapes of Wrath upon first publication, as well as its enduring legacy. First published in April 1939, Steinbeck's National Book Award-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. The story of their struggle remains eerily relevant in today's America and stands as a portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, "in the souls of the people."

Intimate Frontiers

Intimate Frontiers
Author: Albert L. Hurtado
Publsiher: UNM Press
Total Pages: 173
Release: 1999
ISBN 10: 9780826319548
ISBN 13: 0826319548
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Intimate Frontiers Book Review:

This book reveals how powerful undercurrents of sex, gender, and culture helped shape the history of the American frontier from the 1760s to the 1850s. Looking at California under three flags--those of Spain, Mexico, and the United States--Hurtado resurrects daily life in the missions, at mining camps, on overland trails and sea journeys, and in San Francisco. In these settings Hurtado explores courtship, marriage, reproduction, and family life as a way to understand how men and women--whether Native American, Anglo American, Hispanic, Chinese, or of mixed blood--fit into or reshaped the roles and identities set by their race and gender. Hurtado introduces two themes in delineating his intimate frontiers. One was a libertine California, and some of its delights were heartily described early in the 1850s: "[Gold] dust was plentier than pleasure, pleasure more enticing than virtue. Fortune was the horse, youth in the saddle, dissipation the track, and desire the spur." Not all the times were good or giddy, and in the tragedy of a teenage domestic who died in a botched abortion or a brutalized Indian woman we see the seamy underside of gender relations on the frontier. The other theme explored is the reaction of citizens who abhorred the loss of moral standards and sought to suppress excess. Their efforts included imposing all the stabilizing customs of whichever society dominated California--during the Hispanic period,arranged marriages and concern for family honor were the norm; among the Anglos, laws regulated prostitution,missionaries railed against vices, and "proper" women were brought in to help "civilize" the frontier.

Endangered Dreams

Endangered Dreams
Author: Kevin Starr
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 432
Release: 1996-01-11
ISBN 10: 0199923566
ISBN 13: 9780199923564
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Endangered Dreams Book Review:

California, Wallace Stegner observed, is like the rest of the United States, only more so. Indeed, the Golden State has always seemed to be a place where the hopes and fears of the American dream have been played out in a bigger and bolder way. And no one has done more to capture this epic story than Kevin Starr, in his acclaimed series of gripping social and cultural histories. Now Starr carries his account into the 1930s, when the political extremes that threatened so much of the Depression-ravaged world--fascism and communism--loomed large across the California landscape. In Endangered Dreams, Starr paints a portrait that is both detailed and panoramic, offering a vivid look at the personalities and events that shaped a decade of explosive tension. He begins with the rise of radicalism on the Pacific Coast, which erupted when the Great Depression swept over California in the 1930s. Starr captures the triumphs and tumult of the great agricultural strikes in the Imperial Valley, the San Joaquin Valley, Stockton, and Salinas, identifying the crucial role played by Communist organizers; he also shows how, after some successes, the Communists disbanded their unions on direct orders of the Comintern in 1935. The highpoint of social conflict, however, was 1934, the year of the coastwide maritime strike, and here Starr's narrative talents are at their best, as he brings to life the astonishing general strike that took control of San Francisco, where workers led by charismatic longshoreman Harry Bridges mounted the barricades to stand off National Guardsmen. That same year socialist Upton Sinclair won the Democratic nomination for governor, and he launched his dramatic End Poverty in California (EPIC) campaign. In the end, however, these challenges galvanized the Right in a corporate, legal, and vigilante counterattack that crushed both organized labor and Sinclair. And yet, the Depression also brought out the finest in Californians: state Democrats fought for a local New Deal; California natives helped care for more than a million impoverished migrants through public and private programs; artists movingly documented the impact of the Depression; and an unprecedented program of public works (capped by the Golden Gate Bridge) made the California we know today possible. In capturing the powerful forces that swept the state during the 1930s--radicalism, repression, construction, and artistic expression--Starr weaves an insightful analysis into his narrative fabric. Out of a shattered decade of economic and social dislocation, he constructs a coherent whole and a mirror for understanding our own time.