Mad at the World A Life of John Steinbeck

Written By William Souder
Mad at the World  A Life of John Steinbeck
  • Publsiher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release : 13 October 2020
  • ISBN : 0393292274
  • Pages : 464 pages
  • Rating : 4.5/5 from 2 reviews
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Read or download book entitled Mad at the World A Life of John Steinbeck written by William Souder which was release on 13 October 2020, this book published by W. W. Norton & Company. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. Book excerpt: A resonant biography of America’s most celebrated novelist of the Great Depression. The first full-length biography of the Nobel laureate to appear in a quarter century, Mad at the World illuminates what has made the work of John Steinbeck an enduring part of the literary canon: his capacity for empathy. Pulitzer Prize finalist William Souder explores Steinbeck’s long apprenticeship as a writer struggling through the depths of the Great Depression, and his rise to greatness with masterpieces such as The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men, and The Grapes of Wrath. Angered by the plight of the Dust Bowl migrants who were starving even as they toiled to harvest California’s limitless bounty, fascinated by the guileless decency of the downtrodden denizens of Cannery Row, and appalled by the country’s refusal to recognize the humanity common to all of its citizens, Steinbeck took a stand against social injustice—paradoxically given his inherent misanthropy—setting him apart from the writers of the so-called "lost generation." A man by turns quick-tempered, compassionate, and ultimately brilliant, Steinbeck could be a difficult person to like. Obsessed with privacy, he was mistrustful of people. Next to writing, his favorite things were drinking and womanizing and getting married, which he did three times. And while he claimed indifference about success, his mid-career books and movie deals made him a lot of money—which passed through his hands as quickly as it came in. And yet Steinbeck also took aim at the corrosiveness of power, the perils of income inequality, and the urgency of ecological collapse, all of which drive public debate to this day. Steinbeck remains our great social realist novelist, the writer who gave the dispossessed and the disenfranchised a voice in American life and letters. Eloquent, nuanced, and deeply researched, Mad at the World captures the full measure of the man and his work.

Mad at the World A Life of John Steinbeck

Mad at the World  A Life of John Steinbeck
  • Author : William Souder
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2020-10-13
  • Total pages : 464
  • ISBN : 0393292274
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Summary : A resonant biography of America’s most celebrated novelist of the Great Depression. The first full-length biography of the Nobel laureate to appear in a quarter century, Mad at the World illuminates what has made the work of John Steinbeck an enduring part of the literary canon: his capacity for ...

Reading and Interpreting the Works of John Steinbeck

Reading and Interpreting the Works of John Steinbeck
  • Author : Gerald Newman,Eleanor Newman Layfield
  • Publisher : Enslow Publishing, LLC
  • Release Date : 2015-12-15
  • Total pages : 176
  • ISBN : 0393292274
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Summary : To appreciate and understand John Steinbeck’s stories, students must comprehend what it was like to live during the Great Depression, and they must understand the working man to whom Steinbeck was attempting to appeal. Through direct quotations; biographical details; and in-depth discussions of his style, themes, and form, this ...

Citizen Steinbeck

Citizen Steinbeck
  • Author : Robert McParland
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2016-09-29
  • Total pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0393292274
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Summary : John Steinbeck is one of the most popular and important writers in American literature. Novels such as The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, and East of Eden and the journal Travels with Charley convey the core of Steinbeck’s work—fiction that is reflective and compassionate. The Nobel ...

My Life With John Steinbeck

My Life With John Steinbeck
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : LawsonPublishing Ltd
  • Release Date : 2018-09-06
  • Total pages : 292
  • ISBN : 0393292274
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Summary : For the first time,the story ofJohn Steinbecksforgotten second wife,unmentioned in standard editions of his classics,such as The Grapes of Wrath..Their 1943 wartime marriage ended when she divorced him in 1948..Smart, adventurous and in love,she at first matched Steinbecks zest for on the road advntures but was ...

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men
  • Author : John Steinbeck
  • Publisher : Dramatists Play Service Inc
  • Release Date : 1937
  • Total pages : 71
  • ISBN : 0393292274
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Summary : Presents a dramatization of the tragic story of a friendship between two migrant workers, George and Lenny, and their dream of owning a farm....

Poverty in John Steinbeck s The Pearl

Poverty in John Steinbeck s The Pearl
  • Author : Louise Hawker
  • Publisher : Greenhaven Publishing LLC
  • Release Date : 2012-01-12
  • Total pages : 144
  • ISBN : 0393292274
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Summary : This informative volume examines John Steinbeck's life and work, with a specific look at key ideas related to The Pearl. The book discusses a variety of topics, including whether Kino chooses enslavement to wealth in order to escape poverty, and whether the townspeople have a parasitic relationship with the poor. ...

Critical Companion to John Steinbeck

Critical Companion to John Steinbeck
  • Author : Jeffrey D. Schultz,Luchen Li
  • Publisher : Infobase Publishing
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Total pages : 417
  • ISBN : 0393292274
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Summary : Celebrates the American writer who in his works confronted and explored the social fabric of the United States in the early 20th century. More than 500 entries include synopses of his novels, short stories, and nonfiction; descriptions of his characters, details about family, friends, and associates....

Steinbeck and the Environment

Steinbeck and the Environment
  • Author : Susan F. Beegel,Susan Shillinglaw,Wesley N. Tiffney,Elaine Steinbeck
  • Publisher : University of Alabama Press
  • Release Date : 2007-09-07
  • Total pages : 363
  • ISBN : 0393292274
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Summary : This interdisciplinary collection of essays explores in-depth a topic previously neglected by scholars: John Steinbeck's early continuing preoccupation with ecology and marine biology and the effect of that interest on his writings. Written by scholars from various disciplines, the essays offer a dynamic contribution to the study of John Steinbeck ...

Mad to be Saved

Mad to be Saved
  • Author : David Sterritt
  • Publisher : SIU Press
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Total pages : 258
  • ISBN : 0393292274
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Summary : "Finally, Sterritt shows the changing attitudes toward the Beat sensibility in Beat-related Hollywood movies like A Bucket of Blood and The Beat Generation; television programs like Route 66 and The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, nonstudio films like John Cassavetes's improvisational Shadows and Shirley Clarke's experimental The Connection; and radically avant-garde ...

In Dubious Battle

In Dubious Battle
  • Author : John Steinbeck
  • Publisher : Penguin (Non-Classics)
  • Release Date : 1979
  • Total pages : 313
  • ISBN : 0393292274
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Summary : Forensic mental health assessment (FMHA) has grown into a specialization informed by research and professional guidelines. This series presents up-to-date information on the most important and frequently conducted forms of FMHA. The 19 topical volumes address best approaches to practice for particular types of evaluation in the criminal, civil, and juvenile/...

The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck Updated Edition

The Grapes of Wrath   John Steinbeck  Updated Edition
  • Author : Harold Bloom
  • Publisher : Infobase Publishing
  • Release Date : 2009-01-01
  • Total pages : 212
  • ISBN : 0393292274
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Summary : John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath, was published in 1939. Set during the Great Depression, the novel follows failed farmer Tom Joad and his family as they head from Oklahoma's Dust Bowl to the promised land of the W...

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men
  • Author : John Steinbeck
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2000-09-07
  • Total pages : 105
  • ISBN : 0393292274
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Summary : Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they’ll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams ...

Reclaiming John Steinbeck

Reclaiming John Steinbeck
  • Author : Gavin Jones
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-06-10
  • Total pages : 212
  • ISBN : 0393292274
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Summary : John Steinbeck is a towering figure in twentieth-century American literature; yet he remains one of our least understood writers. This major reevaluation of Steinbeck by Gavin Jones uncovers a timely thinker who confronted the fate of humanity as a species facing climate change, environmental crisis, and a growing divide between ...

John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck
  • Author : Linda Wagner-Martin
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2017-03-15
  • Total pages : 183
  • ISBN : 0393292274
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Summary : 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 ...

A Political Companion to John Steinbeck

A Political Companion to John Steinbeck
  • Author : Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh,Simon Stow
  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Release Date : 2013-06-01
  • Total pages : 384
  • ISBN : 0393292274
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Summary : Though he was a recipient of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature, American novelist John Steinbeck (1902–1968) has frequently been censored. Even in the twenty-first century, nearly ninety years after his work first appeared in print, Steinbeck's novels, stories, and plays still generate controversy: his 1937 book Of ...