The Forgotten Village: Life in a Mexican Village

The Forgotten Village: Life in a Mexican Village


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The Forgotten Village: Life in a Mexican Village by John Steinbeck

The novelist who wrote The Grapes of Wrath and the director who produced Crisis and Lights Out in Europe combined their superb talents to tell the story of the coming of modern medicine to the natives of Mexico. There have been several notable examples of this pen-camera method of narration, but The Forgotten Village is unique among them in that Steinbeck wrote the text before a single picture was shot. The book and the movie from which The Forgotten Village was made have a continuity and a dramatic growth not to be found in typical documentary films of the time.

From this wealth of pictures, 136 photographs were selected for their intrinsic beauty and for the graceful harmony with which they accompany Steinbeck’s text. This new script-photograph technique of narration conveys its ideas with unexcelled brilliance and immediacy. In the hands of such master storytellers as Steinbeck and Kline, it makes the reader catch his breath.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143117186
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/08/2009
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 388,775
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Steinbeck (1902-1968) was born in Salinas, California, a landscape of both valleys and coast that would serve as settings for some of his best fiction. He attended Stanford University in 1919 to study literature and writing, though he left without a degree. He supported himself as a laborer and journalist in New York City until his first novel, Cup of Gold, was published in 1929. Tortilla Flat, which he published in 1935, gained him his wealth and celebrity, but his crowning literary achievement didn't come until 1939 with The Grapes of Wrath, though he had published widely in between. Steinbeck devoted his services to the war, worked as a filmmaker (The Forgotten Village) and studied marine biology for Sea of Cortez (1941). For the last third of his life he traveled widely with his third wife, and called both New York City and Sag Harbor his home. Steinbeck remains one of the most prolific and influential authors of his generation, having won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.

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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