96 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 0.31 in
April 1, 1999
Barron's Educational Series
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0764108204
ISBN - 13: 9780764108204
About the Book
TheLiterature Made Easy Series is more than just plot summaries. Each book describes a classic novel and drama by explaining themes, elaborating on characters, and discussing each author's unique literary style, use of language, and point of view. Extensive illustrations and imaginative, enlightening use of graphics help to make each book in this series livelier, easier, and more fun to use than ordinary literature plot summaries. An unusual feature, "Mind Map" is a diagram that summarizes and interrelates the most important details that students need to understand about a given work. Appropriate for middle and high school students.
From the Publisher
If you're looking for insight into Of Mice and Men's themes, plot points, character actions and motivations, plus discussions of John Steinbeck's unique literary style and point of view, reach for the Literature Made Easy Series. This enlightening guide uses meaningful text, extensive illustrations and imaginative graphics to make this novel clearer, livelier, and more easily understood than ordinary literature plot summaries. An unusual feature, "Mind Map" is a diagram that summarizes and interrelates the most important details about the book that students need to understand. Appropriate for middle and high school students.
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
John Steinbeck’s classic story of migrant farm workers during the Depression is thoroughly analysed in this study guide from the Literature Made Easy series. Of Mice and Men is a modern morality tale that follows the journey of Lenny, a dim-witted farmhand. This handy guide outlines the main themes and characters of the novel, along with insights into Steinbeck’s style of writing, use of language and personal viewpoint. A ‘Mind Map’ diagram, a special feature unique to this series, shows the relationship between the important themes and details of the novel. More than just a simple plot summary, this study guide uses illustrations and graphics to outline the key elements of the work.