Of Mice and Men: A Play in Three Acts

Of Mice and Men: A Play in Three Acts

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by John Steinbeck
     
 

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This outstanding drama was very successful on Broadway and has become one of our most consistently popular titles. A tremendously moving study of the character of two roving farmhands, one of whom—"with the strength of a gorilla and the mind of an untutored child"—unwittingly murders a woman.

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This outstanding drama was very successful on Broadway and has become one of our most consistently popular titles. A tremendously moving study of the character of two roving farmhands, one of whom—"with the strength of a gorilla and the mind of an untutored child"—unwittingly murders a woman.

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”Of Mice and Men is a thriller, a gripping tale running to novelette length that you will not set down until it is finished. It is more than that; but it is that. . . . In sure, raucous, vulgar Americanism, Steinbeck has touched the quick in his little story.”—The New York Times

“Brutality and tenderness mingle in these strangely moving pages. . . . The reader is fascinated by a certainty of approaching doom.”—Chicago Tribune

”A short tale of much power and beauty. Mr. Steinbeck has contributed a small masterpiece to the modern tough-tender school of American fiction.”—Times Literary Supplement [London]

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553266757
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/1983
Series:
American Drama Series

Meet the Author

John Steinbeck, born in Salinas, California, in 1902, grew up in a fertile agricultural valley, about twenty-five miles from the Pacific Coast. Both the valley and the coast would serve as settings for some of his best fiction. In 1919 he went to Stanford University, where he intermittently enrolled in literature and writing courses until he left in 1925 without taking a degree. During the next five years he supported himself as a laborer and journalist in New York City, all the time working on his first novel, Cup of Gold (1929).

After marriage and a move to Pacific Grove, he published two California books, The Pastures of Heaven (1932) and To a God Unknown (1933), and worked on short stories later collected in The Long Valley (1938). Popular success and financial security came only with Tortilla Flat (1935), stories about Monterey’s paisanos. A ceaseless experimenter throughout his career, Steinbeck changed courses regularly. Three powerful novels of the late 1930s focused on the California laboring class: In Dubious Battle (1936), Of Mice and Men (1937), and the book considered by many his finest, The Grapes of Wrath (1939). The Grapes of Wrath won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1939.

Early in the 1940s, Steinbeck became a filmmaker with The Forgotten Village (1941) and a serious student of marine biology with Sea of Cortez (1941). He devoted his services to the war, writing Bombs Away (1942) and the controversial play-novelette The Moon is Down (1942). Cannery Row (1945), The Wayward Bus (1948), another experimental drama, Burning Bright (1950), and The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951) preceded publication of the monumental East of Eden (1952), an ambitious saga of the Salinas Valley and his own family’s history.

The last decades of his life were spent in New York City and Sag Harbor with his third wife, with whom he traveled widely. Later books include Sweet Thursday (1954), The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication (1957), Once There Was a War (1958), The Winter of Our Discontent (1961), Travels with Charley in Search of America (1962), America and Americans (1966), and the posthumously published Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters (1969), Viva Zapata! (1975), The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights (1976), and Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath (1989).

Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962, and, in 1964, he was presented with the United States Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Steinbeck died in New York in 1968. Today, more than thirty years after his death, he remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 27, 1902
Date of Death:
December 20, 1968
Place of Birth:
Salinas, California
Place of Death:
New York, New York
Education:
Attended Stanford University intermittently between 1919 and 1925
Website:
http://www.steinbeck.org

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Of Mice and Men: A Play in Three Acts 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Lots of feels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Aftrr reading almost al of Steinbeck's works you can see that he wanted equality among races. Th reason hisbooks are so damn popular is because he writes about what he expeirenced it might bea depressing read, but it is a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
thanks reviewers for being so considerate and ruining the ending for me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it for English. So great and so cute. And sad.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Um no we read it un class and i dudbt like ut judt like everyone else in my clads