Zapata by John SteinbeckZapata by John Steinbeck


byJohn SteinbeckEditorRobert E. MorsbergerCommentaries byRobert E. Morsberger

Paperback | May 1, 1993

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Before there was Viva Zapata!, the acclaimed film for which John Steinbeck received Academy Award nominations for best story and screenplay, there was the original Zapata.

In the research library of UCLA, James Robertson unearthed Steinbeck's original narraive of the life of Emiliano Zapato, "the Little Tiger," champion of the peasants during the Mexican Revolution. This story, upon which Steinbeck based his classic script Viva Zapata!, brilliantly captures the conflict between creative dissent and intolerant militancy to give us both a timesless social statement and an invaluable work of art.

This new volume includes the screenplay, with copious notes by the film's acclaimed director, Elia Kazan, as well as Steinbeck's captivating narrative.

John Steinbeck, born in Salinas, California, in 1902, grew up in a fertile agricultural valley, about 25 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 until he le...
Title:ZapataFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 0.85 inPublished:May 1, 1993Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140173226

ISBN - 13:9780140173222

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Table of Contents



Part One: Zapata

A Narrative, in Dramatic Form

Emiliano Zapata, The Man, the Myth, and the Mexican Revolution
an introductory essay by Robert Morsberger

Zapata: A Narrative, in Dramatic Form, of the Life of Emiliano Zapata
by John Steinbeck

Part Two: Viva Zapata!

The Screenplay

Steinbeck's Zapata: Rebel Versus Revolutionary
an introductory essay by Robert Morsberger

Viva Zapata!: The Screenplay
by John Steinbeck


A Note on the Script
Steinbeck's Screenplays and Productions
Steinbeck's Films

From Our Editors

Executing his keen sense for the most vital characters, John Steinbeck explores the conflict between the creative dissent and intolerant militancy exhibited in Emiliano Zapata as he championed the cause of the peasants during the Mexican Revolution. Zapata tells the story of a man with amazing empathetic instincts, torn by the interests of those less selfless as he crusaded for the cause of the oppressed and exploited at the beginning of the 19th century. His life was so remarkable that there is little need for fiction, leaving Steinbeck to weave a styled narrative on one of more important lives of the last century.