Rediscovering Steinbeck. Revisionist Views of His Art, Politics, and Intellect

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Nine original, persuasive, and cogently argued essays, revisionist throughout, that challenge the notion that the Nobel Prize winner was a realist/mystic and reveal him as a humanitarian/intellectual.


". . . This collection (six published here for the first time) promises to bring Steinbeck into his own, to establish his credentials as a figure of underestimated talent, and to prove him a craftsman as well as a storyteller. . . . this volume speaks of Steinbeck in unfamiliar, exciting terms -- narrative risk, reflecting consciences, symbol-clusters, metafiction." - Steinbeck Quarterly

". . . most useful for the light it casts on relatively obscure Steinbeck material . . . and on Steinbeck's sources . . ." - Choice

"This collection focuses on Steinbeck's creative process and the evolution of his unique social perspective. Often discussing the writer's more obscure works, including the uncollected short stories and the screenplay of ¡Viva Zapata!, the essays "revise" our view of Steinbeck by introducing new biographical insights that are instructive and sometimes startling." - Steinbeck Newsletter

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