Student Companion to John Steinbeck by Cynthia Burkhead
  

Synopsis

Student Companion to John Steinbeck by Cynthia Burkhead

This book guides readers through these and other important Steinbeck works, particularly those that are most often taught, including The Pearl (1945), The Red Pony (1933), and significant short fiction. Clear analysis of each work includes discussions of character development, plot and setting, thematic treatment, historical contexts, and alternate critical readings. A biographical chapter, as well as an examination of the author's contributions and career, helps readers gain a sense of Steinbeck the man and his position as one of America's most important writers. Since the publication of Tortilla Flat in 1935, Steinbeck's treatment of American landscapes and themes has struck a chord with readers. His novels Of Mice and Men (1937), The Grapes of Wrath (1939), and Cannery Row (1945) were instant critical and popular successes. Each went on to become a feature film, which added to Steinbeck's cultural impact. His works have long endured to earn a place in the canon of American Literature. This book guides readers through these and other important Steinbeck works, particularly those that are most often taught, including The Pearl (1945), The Red Pony (1933), and significant short fiction. Clear analysis of each work includes discussions of character development, plot and setting, thematic treatment, historical contexts, and alternate critical readings. A biographical chapter, as well as an examination of the author's contributions and career, helps readers gain a sense of Steinbeck the man and his position as one of America's most important writers.

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?Starred Review ...well organized and geared toward the general reader. Because Steinbeck is required reading in many high school curriculums, this would be a valuable resource for students. Highly Recommended.?-Library Media Connection

About the Author

CYNTHIA BURKHEAD is an Instructor of English at the University of North Alabama in Florence. Her major areas of literary interest is twentieth century poetry and fiction.

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Format

Hardback
192 pages

Author

Cynthia Burkhead
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Publisher

Greenwood Press an imprint of ABC-CLIO

Publication date

30th July 2002

ISBN

9780313314575


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