Format: Mass Market Paperbound
Dimensions: 112 pages, 2.97 × 1.69 × 0.13 in
Published: September 16, 1993
Publisher: Penguin Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0140177396
ISBN - 13: 9780140177398
About the Book
Tragic tale of a retarded man and the friend who loves and tries to protect him.
From the Publisher
A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during
the Great Depression
They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of
face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young
child. Yet they have formed a "family," 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.
"A thriller, a gripping tale . . . that you will not set down
until it is finished. Steinbeck has touched the quick." The
New York Times
About the Author
In recent years Steinbeck has been elevated to a more prominent status among American writers of his generation. If not quite at the world-class artistic level of a Hemingway or a Faulkner, he is nonetheless read very widely throughout the world by readers of all ages who consider him one of the most "American" of writers. Born in Salinas County, California, Steinbeck was of German-Irish parentage. After four years as a special student at Stanford University, he went to New York, where he worked as a reporter and as a hod carrier. Returning to California, he devoted himself to writing, with little success; his first three books sold fewer than 3,000 copies. Tortilla Flat (1935), dealing with the paisanos, California Mexicans whose ancestors settled in the country 200 years ago, established his reputation. In Dubious Battle (1936), a labor novel of a strike and strike-breaking, won the gold medal of the Commonwealth Club of California. Of Mice and Men (1937), a long short story that turns upon a melodramatic incident in the tragic friendship of two farm hands, written almost entirely in dialogue, was an experiment and was dramatized in the year of its publication, winning the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. It brought him fame. Out of a series of articles that he wrote about the transient labor camps in California came the inspiration for his greatest book, The Grapes of Wrath (1939), the odyssey of the Joad family, dispossessed of their farm in the Dust Bowl and seeking
From Our Editors
When feeble-minded Lenny Small and his protector George Milton
arrive to work on a ranch in the Salinas Valley of California, they
dream of the day when they can own their own farm. But when Lenny
accidentally kills the ranch owner's daughter-in-law, their lives
are changed forever. One of John Steinbeck's most
beloved novels, Of Mice and Men tells the
tragic story of two migrant ranch hands during the Depression.
Intricately plotted and rich in character, this modern morality
tale is a classic of American literature.