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John Steinbeck - Timeline
TOP TEN STEINBECK NOVELS
- The Pleasures of Heaven - A collection of interrelated short stories, rich in the feeling for the land and for its hardworking people. Steinbeck charts the gradual disintegration of a peaceful farming community in a lush California valley.
- The Red Pony - While dealing with the harsh realities of life, Jody changes from a naive young boy into a responsible and maturing young man in the Salinas mountains.
- Tortilla Flat - John Steinbeck creates a "Camelot" on a shabby hillside above Monterey on the California coast and peoples it with a colorful band of knights.
- Of Mice & Men - Steinbeck uses Robert Burn’s poem as title and basis for his story about migrant workers Lennie and George. “The best laid schemes o' mice and men gang aft agley.”
- Grapes of Wrath - Steinbeck’s powerful story of the Joads, as they leave the 1930s Oklahoma dustbowl for the promise land of California.
- Cannery Row - Best first line, Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light... Nostalgiz, a dream.
- The Pearl - Set in the Gulf of the California Baja, Steinbeck tells a parable based on the biblical “pearl of great price.”
- East of Eden - is the book that Steinbeck considered his great work. Based on the Cain and Abel biblical story, Steinbeck tells the interwoven story of the Trasks and the Hamiltons. Beautifully written, thoughtful.
- The Winter of our Discontent - Mixed reviews for this book that Steinbeck clearly states he wrote in order to address the moral degeneration of American culture in the 1960s.
- Travels with Charley - Steinbeck’s last major work. He traveled 10,000 miles and wrote stories about America that hold up today.
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