The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication

The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication


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ISBN-13: 9780143039464
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/24/2007
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 522,898
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 10.62(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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. 

Robert E. Morsberger is a professor emeritus of English at the California State Polytechnic University.

Katharine M. Morsberger is a specialist in eighteenth-century literature.

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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Enchanting satirical comedy . . . highly amusing . . . entrancing. (Saturday Review)

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The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
jennyo on LibraryThing 28 days ago
No one I've talked to has ever heard of this Steinbeck short novel, but my friend Steve read it recently and knew I'd like it, so he sent me his copy. He was right. I loved it. Those of you who only know Steinbeck from Of Mice and Men or The Grapes of Wrath really owe it to yourselves to try this book or Cannery Row or Sweet Thursday just to get a taste of his lighter side. The cover copy on this one says, "John Steinbeck's Hilarious and Affectionate Spoof on French Politics, Texas Millionaires, Teen-Age Girl Novelists, Sex, and Other Human Frailties." It's as good a summation as any I could give you.There's a scene in this book that made me think of Monty Python's Life of Brian. Remember when they had the Judean People's Front, the Popular People's Front, the People's Front of Judea, etc.? Well, there's one in here where they have the Christian Communists, the Christian Christians, the Christian Atheists, etc. Made me laugh out loud.And any book that contains the sentence, "Luxembourg mobilized," is worth reading.
rainpebble on LibraryThing 28 days ago
A very humorous spoofy take on an ordinary man who is a star gazer being forced to become the King of France. And while it was quite cute and funny, I have to admit that I found myself skimming pages. It is very different than anything Steinbeck I have ever read before. And other than the above, it is really difficult to explain it. It was so different and I am such a Steinbeck fan that I think I just really could not get my head wrapped around it. There are the Christians, there are the Communist Christians, there are the Atheist Christians, there are the Christian Christians. And then there are the politics. This poor man wants nothing more than to be removed from this monarchy.I don't know how I really feel about this one. I don't know how to recommend it. It was..................different, funny, a spoof. Perhaps, I just didn't get it.
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