Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 640 Pages, 4.72 × 7.48 × 0.79 in
Published: January 13, 1993
Publisher: Penguin Classics
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0140186395
ISBN - 13: 9780140186390
From the Publisher
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.
This edition features an introduction by David Wyatt.
About the Author
JOHN STEINBECK (1902?1968) was born in Salinas,
California. He worked as a laborer and a journalist, and in 1935,
when he published Tortilla Flat, he achieved popular
success and financial security. Steinbeck wrote more than
twenty-five novels and won the Nobel Prize in 1962. Nearly all of
his books are available in Penguin Classics.
From Our Editors
California's Salinas Valley is the proving grounds for John
Steinbeck's version of Cain and Abel. East of
Eden runs the course of two generations from the end
of the American Civil War to the Beginning of the First World War.
Adam Trask is innocent and fair. His wild brother Charles isn't -
he sleeps with Adam's prostitute bride, the manipulative Cathy
Ames, on the wedding night. Twins fall from her womb just days
before she shoots her husband and runs off, leaving him to care for
Aron and Caleb. The epic story of these lives, filled with
heartbreak, betrayal and hope, consistently barters with human
emotions in its convincing attempt to render the world conflicted.
John Steinbeck knew and understood America and Americans
better than any other writer of the twentieth century. (The
Dallas Morning News) A man whose work was equal to the vast
social themes that drove him. (Don DeLillo)"