A John Steinbeck Reader: Essays in Honor of Stephen K. George

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Celebrating the all-too-brief life of a young scholar dedicated to Steinbeck studies, A John Steinbeck Reader: Essays in Honor of Stephen K. George gathers essays from various vantage points including aesthetic, feminist, ethical, and comparative perspectives. Under the direction of Barbara A. Heavilin, George's coeditor of The Steinbeck Review journal and the book, John Steinbeck and His Contemporaries, the authors of these articles have come together both to pay tribute to Stephen and to widen the range of ...

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Celebrating the all-too-brief life of a young scholar dedicated to Steinbeck studies, A John Steinbeck Reader: Essays in Honor of Stephen K. George gathers essays from various vantage points including aesthetic, feminist, ethical, and comparative perspectives. Under the direction of Barbara A. Heavilin, George's coeditor of The Steinbeck Review journal and the book, John Steinbeck and His Contemporaries, the authors of these articles have come together both to pay tribute to Stephen and to widen the range of Steinbeck scholarship. Included in this volume are works by two acclaimed poets, as well as insightful readings of a little known early short story and an unsuccessful novel by Steinbeck. In addition to George, who is represented here with an essay on societal ethics, and Heavilin, who writes about Travels with Charley, the contributors to this volume include: Mary Brown, Danica Cerce, Mimi Gladstein, Charlotte Hadella, Tetsumaro Hayashi, Luchen Li, Michael J. Meyer, Kyoshi Nakayama, Brian Railsback, Thom Satterlee, Stephen L. Tanner, and John H. Timmerman. Designed for both a general and a professional audience, this collection will delight the Steinbeck buff, enlighten the Steinbeck student, and provides an array of topics, views, and approaches for Steinbeck scholars and teachers. While acknowledging one of its most devoted scholars, A John Steinbeck Reader will also be a welcome addition to the wealth of Steinbeck studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810866997
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/16/2009
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Heavilin is the cofounder of The Steinbeck Review and currently serves as its coeditor. She is the author of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men: A Reference Guide. She is the coeditor, with Stephen George, of John Steinbeck and His Contemporaries.

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Table of Contents

Foreword John H. Timmerman ix

Preface Barbara A. Heavilin xi

Acknowledgments Barbara A. Heavilin xv

Introduction Barbara A. Heavilin xvii

Part 1 Poetic Views of Two Steinbeck Characters 1

1 Contented-For Mary Hawley (And, in Another Way, for Stephen George) Mary M. Brown 3

2 A Dialogue with Steinbeck's Lee Concerning Servanthood, Timshel, and Immortality through Words Thom Satterlee 5

Part 2 Steinbeck, Aesthetics, and Ethics 9

3 The Contemporary Nature of Steinbeck's Winter: Artistry, Integrity, and September 11 Stephen K. George 11

4 "Only through Imitation Do We Develop towards Originality": Reflections of Addison's Spectator in Steinbeck's Travels Charley Barbara A. Heavilin 23

5 Charley, America, and Malory: John Steinbeck's Later Ethics John H. Timmerman 37

Part 3 Steinbeck, the Eyes of a Child, and Lonely Ladies 51

6 Through the Eyes of a Child: A Steinbeck Forte Mimi Reisel Gladstein 53

7 Lonely Ladies and Landscapes: A Comparison of John Steinbeck's "The White Quail" and Eudora Welty's "A Curtain of Green" Charlotte Cook Hadella 69

Part 4 Steinbeck, the American Ideal, Politics, and War 83

8 Steinbeck's The Winter of Our Discontent and the American Ideal Stephen L. Tanner 85

9 Art for Politics: The Political Dimension of Steinbeck's Works in Eastern Europe Danica Cerce 97

10 John Steinbeck as Lyndon B. Johnson's Speech Writer Tetsumaro Hayashi 105

Part 5 Steinbeck, Culture, Viewpoints, a Grand Joke, and a Meditative Reading 119

11 John Steinbeck's Cultural Frontiers Luchen Li 121

12 It's All in Your Head: Transforming Heavenly and Hellish Settings in Steinbeck's The Pastures of Heaven Michael J. Meyer 133

13 TheShort, Happy Life of Pippin IV: The Grand Joke Brian Railsback 151

14 "Fingers of Cloud: A Satire on College Protervity": A Meditative Reading Kiyoshi Nakayama 161

Index 171

About the Contributors 177

About the Editor 181

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