Literary Lives

John Steinbeck

A Literary Life

Authors: Wagner-Martin, Linda

  • - Examines the life and work of a writer who even now frequently receives only grudging acclaim
    - Author is one of the most prominent scholars of American literature in the world
    - Covers an admirable range of genre, such as novels, novellas, journalism, eco-criticism, plays and film work 

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About this book

This book aims to both describe and analyze the way Steinbeck learned the writing craft. It begins with his immersion in the short story, some years after he stopped attending Stanford University. Aside from a weak first novel, his professional writing career began with the publication in 1932 of The Pastures of Heaven, stories set in the Salinas Valley and dedicated to his parents. From that book he wrote truly commanding stories such as The Red Pony. Intermixed with Steinbeck’s journalism about California’s labor difficulties, his writing skill led to his 1930 masterpieces, Of Mice and Men, In Dubious Battle, and The Grapes of Wrath. The latter novel, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1940, led eventually to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. He continued producing such wide-ranging works as The Pearl, East of Eden, The Winter of Our Discontent, and Travels with Charley up to just a few months before his death in 1968. 

About the authors

Linda Wagner-Martin was awarded the Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Service to American Literature in 2011. She has published more than sixty books about American writers, including influential literary biographies on Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Plath, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Barbara Kingsolver, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, and others. She taught at Wayne State University, Michigan State University, and The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In the Literary Lives series, she has published works on Ernest Hemingway, Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath and Toni Morrison.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Steinbeck and the Short Story

    Wagner-Martin, Linda

    Pages 1-17

  • Tortilla Flat, the Book of the Others

    Wagner-Martin, Linda

    Pages 19-29

  • Journalism v. Fiction

    Wagner-Martin, Linda

    Pages 31-44

  • The Grapes of Wrath

    Wagner-Martin, Linda

    Pages 45-63

  • The Sea of Cortez: A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research

    Wagner-Martin, Linda

    Pages 65-74

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-55382-9
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55381-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
John Steinbeck
Book Subtitle
A Literary Life
Authors
Series Title
Literary Lives
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55382-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55382-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55381-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 183
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