A John Steinbeck Encyclopedia by Brian Railsback, Michael Meyer

By Brian Railsback, Michael Meyer

One of many maximum novelists of the twentieth century, John Steinbeck is still learn and studied in any respect degrees. This encyclopedia greatly overviews his lifestyles and writings. integrated are approximately 1200 alphabetically prepared entries through greater than forty professional members. Entries conceal his works, significant characters, kin and contemporaries, impacts, and numerous specific subject matters on the topic of his literary occupation. the various entries cite works for extra analyzing, and the encyclopedia closes with a particular, basic bibliography.
Known for his searing social feedback, John Steinbeck is among the preferred and influential American writers of the twentieth century. His works are learn and studied in any respect degrees and feature been made into motion pictures. And although critics and students first and foremost stumbled on fault along with his drastically renowned works, he's now generally acknowledges as a grasp of his craft. This encyclopedia presents an in depth evaluate of his lifestyles and occupation and is available to highschool scholars, undergraduates, and normal readers.
Presented are approximately 1200 alphabetically prepared entries through greater than forty specialist members. those entries conceal his works, significant characters, family and contemporaries, affects, and quite a number targeted subject matters.

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Often in his fiction that which is outside man becomes a metaphor for that which is inside. ” It is asked of his readers as well. Unlike most of us, John, while growing up, did not rebel so much against his parents, whom he loved dearly, as he did against a narrow, provincial social environment; Salinas, and what it stood for to him emotionally, gradually became part of his geographical metaphor. Characteristics of the white middle class in Salinas and the surrounding area, as we see in many of the stories in The Long Valley, are tidy gardens and farms, carefully maintained, enclosed, and uniform.

He comes to school already with a love of books, thanks to a household where books are important and his parents and older sisters read to him. This sets Steinbeck’s lifelong love of reading: “I guess there are never enough books,” he writes years later. As a child, he is introduced to the Bible, which will have a profound impact on his writing style. Other important works include Paradise Lost, Pilgrim’s Progress, the works of Romantic writers such as Walter Scott, the works of Shakespeare, and Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur.

Of Mice and Men was based on an incident that he witnessed in his early twenties, when a large, mentally retarded worker turned with a pitchfork on a straw boss who bad been heckling him. ” Notice that Lennie kills without malice—animals and people die simply because of the biological combination of his strength with a weak mind. Lennie himself must die simply because within the society of man he is an anomaly and he is weak. The point in each case is that what happens, happens: things work themselves out according to their nature, not according to what we would like to see happen.

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