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This is an auction for JOHN STEINBECK by Jay Parini.

“This biography of the popular American novelist (1902-1968) is absorbing and generous. Parini, a professor of English literature and creative writing, draws on interviews with dozens of people, including playwright Terrence McNally (tutor to Steinbeck's sons), actor Burgess Meredith and Steinbeck's third wife, Elaine, as well as published and unpublished letters, diaries and manuscripts. He documents the writer's slow discovery of a voice and method-terse, socially conscious and rooted in both the closely observed landscape and resonant biblical and mythological archetypes-that resulted in such powerful novels as The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men. Steinbeck's popularity and his Pulitzer and controversial Nobel prizes attracted unflattering reassessments of his work, exacerbating his perpetual uncertainties about its value. Parini's deft, thoughtful appraisal of Steinbeck's oeuvre supplements a sympathetic but unsentimental view of a sometimes difficult man."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

"Parini writes an engaging biography of the quintessential California writer. Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize in 1962 for his exceptional and enduring book, The Grapes of Wrath (1940), along with his other numerous novels and short stories. His relatively uncomplicated life story is told plainly here, with some analysis of his influences and psychology. Parini based his research on interviews, as well as letters, diaries, and manuscripts, some unpublished. This book is highly recommended."
- Library Journal (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Hardback 1995.

536 pages.

Near new condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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