John Steinbeck A Biography Born in a small town in northern California in Steinbeck refused from the outset to fit himself to any mold digging ditches and washing dishes while intermittently attending Stanford University

  • Title: John Steinbeck: A Biography
  • Author: Jay Parini
  • ISBN: 9780434574926
  • Page: 167
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Born in a small town in northern California in 1902, Steinbeck refused from the outset to fit himself to any mold, digging ditches and washing dishes while intermittently attending Stanford University Failing to take a degree, he struggled for than a decade to establish himself as a writer, always putting his work first Eventually he enjoyed an extraordinary periodBorn in a small town in northern California in 1902, Steinbeck refused from the outset to fit himself to any mold, digging ditches and washing dishes while intermittently attending Stanford University Failing to take a degree, he struggled for than a decade to establish himself as a writer, always putting his work first Eventually he enjoyed an extraordinary period of creativity during which he summoned a powerful vision of the Depression Books such as Of Mice and Men, The Long Valley, and the Pulitzer Prize winning The Grapes of Wrath became battle cries that aroused international indignation and brought Steinbeck a world audience.Jay Parini explores Steinbeck s love hate relationship with Hollywood and Broadway, his career as a war correspondent, his difficult first and second marriages, and his often tempestuous associations with numerous celebrities, among them Joseph Campbell, Charlie Chaplin, Lyndon Johnson, Ernest Hemingway, and William Faulkner Drawing on interviews with dozens of people who knew Steinbeck intimately including his beloved third wife, Elaine and on published and unpublished letters, diaries, and manuscripts, John Steinbeck is both an important reassessment and a masterful portrait of one of the greatest American novelists.Includes bibliographical references p 489 506 and index

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      Jay Parini born 1948 is an American writer and academic He is known for novels and poetry, biography and criticism.



    2 thoughts on “John Steinbeck: A Biography

    1. This has given me everything I could have wanted from a biography of Steinbeck. In clear and accessible prose, Parini sets out Steinbeck's family and personal history and an analysis of the writer's various works in context. In some senses, the book is also a social history of the US in the first 2/3 of the 20th century, as it traces Steinbeck's relationship with his favourite subject, the American people. The Steinbeck of Parini’s biography is the Steinbeck I imagine from the relatively few o [...]

    2. Ed Ricketts influenced Steinbeck by introducing him to the works of William E Ritter and John Elof Boodin and J.S. HAldane. The thought that "the living body and its physiological environment form an organic whole, the parts of which cannot be separate from one another ( cannot be understood in separation from one another." Steinbeck's thesis is that man in groups, like all units made up of individual parts, appear to connect to a larger spirit or will that exists somewhere beyond individual res [...]

    3. Neither hagiography not hate, Parini's biography is an even-handed life in extremely readable prose, that situates the books within the life. Parini is a sympathetic reader of Steinbeck's work who nevertheless has his eyes wide open to the excesses and faults that marred even the best of Steinbeck's novels. Because Parini avoids the beatification of Steinbeck's best work (Grapes of Wrath), he is free as well to avoid the excessive overreaction many critics lavished on the later writing. This jud [...]

    4. I have been a fan of Steinbeck's for a long time. I've read most of his novels, but never a bio. I was instantly surprised he was from Salinas, the town ot "East of Eden." Steinbeck led me to Zola, where I discovered Naturalism, a genre I have tried to read much about, but still have more to learn. I was not disappointed. Parini did a thorough job on Steinbeck. I was surprised the critics were so harsh. I never suspected he was so depressed with his reviews. His writing, to me, is superb! Good b [...]

    5. Fabulous read. Steinbeck is one of my favorite authors and after reading this book my admiration has not been diminished. Sure he had issues but don't we all. He felt passionately about America and the less fortunate and was so eloquent in writing about their lives. There is no other author that I have re-read as frequently as John Steinbeck. I just wish more high schools would use his books.

    6. This is an amazing biography! One of the best I have read. Steinbeck was an interseting man. I did not know that he had been a reporter in Vietnam. He so loved the whole Salinas Valley and Monteray and Carmel, CA. His writing showed how much he loved the area. He loved to travel and he loved to meet people. If you are a fan of his novels, you shoud definitly read this book. Great book!!

    7. The best of Parini's three biographical works. Steinbeck is not the man I thought he was Parini set me straight. Parini's research is meticulous, his prose is sharp, insightful, and well tuned to the subject matter. Steinbeck is a worthy subject for Parini.

    8. fascinating biography--have been in a steinbeck phase lately--and parini does a wonderful job of both telling his life and exploring his writing.

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