By Brian Railsback, Michael Meyer
One of many maximum novelists of the twentieth century, John Steinbeck remains to be learn and studied in any respect degrees. This encyclopedia broadly overviews his lifestyles and writings. incorporated are approximately 1200 alphabetically prepared entries by means of greater than forty specialist individuals. Entries disguise his works, significant characters, kinfolk and contemporaries, affects, and numerous designated themes regarding his literary occupation. a few of the entries cite works for extra interpreting, and the encyclopedia closes with a particular, basic bibliography.
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Presented are approximately 1200 alphabetically prepared entries via greater than forty professional participants. those entries hide his works, significant characters, family and contemporaries, affects, and more than a few distinct subject matters.
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Out of shyness he could assume a mean look to ward off people, but he was a peaceful man who hated violence. One of his most endearing qualities was a genuine modesty, including an absolute refusal to publicize himself. ” He was a gentle man, a man who when he wasn’t writing was nearly always working with his hands making or fixing something, a man who was kind and who cared deeply about people in need or trouble. He had a wonderful sense of fun and loved jokes, parties, and any kind of celebration or holiday.
Had I been as wise as French or Benson, I would have realized that John Steinbeck is a vast, complicated subject (the length of Benson’s biography, over 1100 pages altogether, should have been a clue). Steinbeck himself provides fair warning to those who would attempt to set his life down in a biography or encyclopedia. “A good writer always works at the impossible,” he wrote in his Journal of a Novel. “There is another kind who pulls in his horizons, drops his mind as one lowers rifle sights .
Ricketts quickly becomes a close friend who is an intellectual partner in Steinbeck’s holistic and scientific vision; Ed leads Steinbeck to important sources such as the works of W. C. Allee, Mark Briffault, and John Elof Boodin. Ricketts’ lab provides an intellectual and social haven for the young writer that is critical to Steinbeck’s development and eventual success. ” 1931 Spends much of the year in poverty in Pacific Grove, lacking money to travel much, but puts together a short story cycle he has been working at for over a year: The Pastures of Heaven.