John Steinbeck: A Centennial Tribute

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The biggest names in Steinbeck studies share both personal and critical views on Steinbeck's concept of fiction, his spirituality, his vast international appeal, his ambiguous portrayal of women, and the future of Steinbeck criticism. A feast for scholars and enthusiasts alike, this book offers the most varied picture of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist to date.

Reminiscences from Steinbeck's sons, wives, and closest friends, including Arthur Miller, Burgess Meredith, John ...

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Overview

The biggest names in Steinbeck studies share both personal and critical views on Steinbeck's concept of fiction, his spirituality, his vast international appeal, his ambiguous portrayal of women, and the future of Steinbeck criticism. A feast for scholars and enthusiasts alike, this book offers the most varied picture of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist to date.

Reminiscences from Steinbeck's sons, wives, and closest friends, including Arthur Miller, Burgess Meredith, John Kenneth Galbraith, and Tom Wolfe, offer valuable insights his life, demonstrate the scope and depth of his influence, and give scholars useful biographical information. The biggest names in Steinbeck studies share both personal and critical views on Steinbeck's concept of fiction, his spirituality, his vast international appeal, his ambiguous portrayal of women, and the future of Steinbeck criticism. A feast for scholars and enthusiasts alike, this book offers the most varied picture of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist to date.

John Steinbeck's writings are among the most widely read works of American fiction. Though his novels have always been popular with general readers, critics expressed surprise when he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, and some scholars have been quick to dismiss his works as more appropriate for high school students than for undergraduates. In recent years, however, there has been a growing recognition of Steinbeck as a serious writer, and a correspondingly large body of scholarship has been published about him. One hundred years after his birth, this book offers a valuable perspective on Steinbeck's achievements and the future of his work.

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STEPHEN K. GEORGE is Professor of English at Brigham Young University, Idaho. He has published some 30 articles and book reviews in such places as Steinbeck Studies and Steinbeck Yearbook.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
Pt. I Family, Friends, and Authors 1
My Father, John Steinbeck 3
John Steinbeck Was My Father 13
"John Believed in Man": An Interview with Mrs. John Steinbeck 19
"The Marriage of His Life": Meeting John Steinbeck 25
My Cousin, John Steinbeck 29
John Steinbeck 31
John Steinbeck: A Reminiscence 37
"I Think I Just Saw God": Thoughts on John Steinbeck 43
John Steinbeck: Footnote for a Memoir 49
Steinbeck 55
Full-Body Wine from the "Grapes of Wrath" 59
John Steinbeck and the American Novel 69
John Steinbeck: "A Lion in Winter" 73
Pt. II Critics, Scholars, and Bibliographers 81
Why Read John Steinbeck? 83
Sharing the Immeasurable View with John Steinbeck 87
Steinbeck's Spirituality: A Sense of the Ending 93
John Steinbeck: An Ethics of Fiction 99
Steinbeck and the Woman Question: A Never-Ending Puzzle 107
Steinbeck's Concept of the Function of Fiction 115
"Of Ink and Heart's Blood": Episodes in Reading Steinbeck's East of Eden 121
My Steinbeck Odyssey 133
Steinbeck, Ricketts, and Memories of Times Past 139
Traveling with John: My Journey as a Steinbeck Scholar 147
Of Mice and Men and (Perhaps) Other Things 153
John Steinbeck and Japan 159
Steinbeck in Scandinavia 165
John Steinbeck and His Immortal Literary Legacy 173
John Steinbeck: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow 177
Selected Bibliography 187
Index 193
About the Editor and Contributors 199
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