The Pastures Of Heaven

Paperback | April 1, 1995

byJohn SteinbeckIntroduction byJames NagelNotes byJames Nagel

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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.

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A wonderful introduction to John Steinbeck's early work, this collection of interrelated stories chronicles the deterioration of a California farming community. Rich in characterization and intricately plotted, the tales in The Pastures of Heaven vividly capture the destructive effects of poverty and failure on a group of hardworking p...

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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 t...

John Steinbeck, born in Salinas, California, in 1902, grew up in a fertile agricultural valley, about twenty-five miles from the Pacific Coast. Both the valley and the coast would serve as settings for some of his best fiction. In 1919 he went to Stanford University, where he intermittently enrolled in literature and writing courses un...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.78 × 5.09 × 0.46 inPublished:April 1, 1995Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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A wonderful introduction to John Steinbeck's early work, this collection of interrelated stories chronicles the deterioration of a California farming community. Rich in characterization and intricately plotted, the tales in The Pastures of Heaven vividly capture the destructive effects of poverty and failure on a group of hardworking people. John Steinbeck, one of 20th century America's greatest writers, is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Grapes of Wrath.

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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)"