The Pastures of Heaven

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In Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s beautifully rendered depictions of small yet fateful moments that transform ordinary lives, these twelve early stories introduce both the subject and style of artistic expression that recur in the most important works of his career. Each of these self-contained stories is linked to the others by the presence of the Munroes, a family whose misguided behavior and lack of sensitivity precipitate disasters and tragedies. As the individual dramas unfold, Steinbeck reveals the ...

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Overview

In Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s beautifully rendered depictions of small yet fateful moments that transform ordinary lives, these twelve early stories introduce both the subject and style of artistic expression that recur in the most important works of his career. Each of these self-contained stories is linked to the others by the presence of the Munroes, a family whose misguided behavior and lack of sensitivity precipitate disasters and tragedies. As the individual dramas unfold, Steinbeck reveals the self-deceptions, intellectual limitations, and emotional vulnerabilities that shape the characters’ reactions and gradually erode the harmony and dreams that once formed the foundation of the community. This edition includes an introduction and notes by James Nagel.

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John Steinbeck knew and understood America and Americans better than any other writer of the twentieth century. (The Dallas Morning News) A man whose work was equal to the vast social themes that drove him. (Don DeLillo)"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140187489
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Series: Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 132,837
  • Product dimensions: 5.09 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

John Steinbeck

JOHN STEINBECK (1902—1968) was born in Salinas, California. He worked as a laborer and a journalist, and in 1935, when he published Tortilla Flat, he achieved popular success and financial security. Steinbeck wrote more than twenty-five novels and won the Nobel Prize in 1962. Nearly all of his books are available in Penguin Classics.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Amnesia Glasscock
      John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (full name); Amnesia Glasscock
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 27, 1902
    2. Place of Birth:
      Salinas, California
    1. Date of Death:
      December 20, 1968
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2004

    A must read!

    It would be difficult to pick a favorite book by John Steinbeck. Yet, this one would definitely be on the top of the list. It is beautifully written, thoughtful and thought-provoking. It teaches and reminds us how much of life is lived more deeply than what appears on the surface. Even in the Pastures of Heaven, there may be a little hell. I recommend this book highly.

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