Cup of Gold

Cup of Gold

by John Steinbeck


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Cup of Gold by John Steinbeck

A STANDOUT in the Steinbeck canon, Cup of Gold is edgy and adventurous, brash and distrustful of society, and sure to add a new dimension to the common perception of this all-American writer. Steinbeck's first novel and sole work of historical fiction contains themes that resonate throughout the author's prodigious body of work.

From the mid-1650s through the 1660s, Henry Morgan, a pirate and outlaw of legendary viciousness, ruled the Spanish Main. He ravaged the coasts of Cuba and America, striking terror wherever he went. And he had two driving ambitions: to possess the beautiful woman called La Santa Roja, and to conquer Panama, the “cup of gold.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141186122
Publisher: Gardners Books
Publication date: 03/01/2001
Edition description: New

About the Author

John Steinbeck (1902—1968), winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, achieved popular success in 1935 with the publication of Tortilla Flat. He went on to write more than twenty-five novels, including The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men.

Susan F. Beegel is an adjunct associate professor of English at the University of Idaho and the editor of The Hemingway Review.

Date of Birth:

February 27, 1902

Date of Death:

December 20, 1968

Place of Birth:

Salinas, California

Place of Death:

New York, New York


Attended Stanford University intermittently between 1919 and 1925

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Cup of Gold 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
LibraryLou on LibraryThing 5 days ago
I was hoping for a really good read about his Pirate adventures but it seemed to skip that bit. A good book, but disappointing.
JBreedlove on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Steinbeck's first published novel and only work of historical fiction. It is the story of the pirate Henry Morgan and his destructionof the Spanish in Panama.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my absolute favorite books of all times! John Steinbeck does American literature proud. To know that he is counted among the American writers of literature, gives us all something to be proud of. This book beautifully depicts the human character - greed, desire, pride, passion. Steinbeck is one of the few who can beautifully and masterfully depict such aspects in his works as he proves constantly. i picked up this book because it was short and I only had 3 days to write a book report on it, but I was soon awestruck by it!
Guest More than 1 year ago

Steinbeck has the Midas Touch and he proves it again in Cup of Gold.

I got into Steinbeck 3 summers ago when I read Sweet Thursday. I loved it and have since been reading all of his stuff and I have not been disappointed yet. I even loved Cody and Gabilan in the Red Pony.

Cup of Gold is taken from a time where the English Navy rose to prominance. The story of an Englishman who looses his patriotism and becomes a rouge on the high seas. All the while wishing that he would have stayed home with his one love Elizabeth. Simple but deep.

Guest More than 1 year ago
the book is hard to get into at first but after the first hump it gets going and i really enjoyed it. it's not the best of Steinbeck's books but if your a fan of his, you should read this book it is a classic. i like to read the earlier books of an author and go on from there so i get a good idea of how the authors style changes from book to book. this book gives you a look at the things it takes to change a young boy to a Pirate leader. this book is not that long either (230 PGs) so it's worth it for a quick read between books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even in his first novel Steinbeck's literary genius stood out. His power of description and use of the language was amazing for a man in his twenties. That said, I'll point to two problems I had with the novel. First, his main character, Henry Morgan, was not someone likable. Second, his dialogues were occasionally way too long. Still, since I read this to learn what his writing was like at the beginning of his career (since I too like to write novels) I felt I learned a lot and got a great benefit from the experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in High Scool. I wasn't into reading too much and this one really stood out. I loved this book and liked it a lot better than The Pearl. It's was exciting and suspenseful to the very end. I just couldn't remember who wrote it- so I searched and found it here. That should speak for itself how much I liked it. Definetly different from his settings in California- but great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh man. I tried reading this story in the beginning and didn't know where i was. When i read a novel i tend to have a little movie going on in my head so that i can better understand what it is i am reading and remember the story as well. Well, this in the beginning was so slow and i didn't know who was talking, who was who, and couldn't put a face or personality on anyone. I am sorry but i stopped reading it after the first chapter and threw it in my closet. Maybe when i am desperate to read something i will try reading it again. This is not one of Steinbeck's better novels