Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 1 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 1.18 in
Published: June 18, 2003
Publisher: Penguin Books USA
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0142004235
ISBN - 13: 9780142004234
From the Publisher
A masterpiece of Biblical scope, and the magnum opus of
one of America's most enduring authors, in a deluxe Centennial
In his journal, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck called East
of Eden "the first book," and indeed it has the primordial
power and simplicity of myth. Set in the rich farmland of
California''s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel
follows the intertwined destinies of two familiesthe Trasks and
the Hamiltonswhose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam
and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.
The masterpiece of Steinbeck's later years, East of Eden
is a work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing
characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of
identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous
consequences of love''s absence.
About the Author
No writer is more quintessentially American than John Steinbeck. Born in 1902 in Salinas, California, Steinbeck attended Stanford University before working at a series of mostly blue-collar jobs and embarking on his literary career. Profoundly committed to social progress, he used his writing to raise issues of labor exploitation and the plight of the common man, penning some of the greatest American novels of the twentieth century and winning such prestigious awards as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He received the Nobel Prize in 1962, "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception." Today, more than thirty years after his death, he remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures.
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