Travels with Charley

In Search of America

Author: John Steinbeck

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141190663

Category: Travel

Page: 240

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In 1960, when he was almost sixty years old, John Steinbeck set out to rediscover his native land. He felt that he might have lost touch with its sights, sounds and the essence of its people. Accompanied only by his dog, Charley, he travelled all across the United States in a pick-up truck. His journey took him through almost forty states, and he saw things that made him proud, angry, sympathetic and elated. All that he saw and experienced is described with remarkable honesty and insight. Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. During the 1930s, his works included The Red Pony, Pastures of Heaven, Tortilla Flat, In Dubious Battle, and Of Mice and Men. The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939, earned him a Pulitzer Prize. In 1962, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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Travels with Charley in Search of America

(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Author: John Steinbeck

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101615168

Category: Travel

Page: 240

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An intimate journey across and in search of America, as told by one of its most beloved writers, in a deluxe centennial edition In September 1960, John Steinbeck embarked on a journey across America. He felt that he might have lost touch with the country, with its speech, the smell of its grass and trees, its color and quality of light, the pulse of its people. To reassure himself, he set out on a voyage of rediscovery of the American identity, accompanied by a distinguished French poodle named Charley; and riding in a three-quarter-ton pickup truck named Rocinante. His course took him through almost forty states: northward from Long Island to Maine; through the Midwest to Chicago; onward by way of Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana (with which he fell in love), and Idaho to Seattle, south to San Francisco and his birthplace, Salinas; eastward through the Mojave, New Mexico, Arizona, to the vast hospitality of Texas, to New Orleans and a shocking drama of desegregation; finally, on the last leg, through Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to New York. Travels with Charley in Search of America is an intimate look at one of America's most beloved writers in the later years of his life—a self-portrait of a man who never wrote an explicit autobiography. Written during a time of upheaval and racial tension in the South—which Steinbeck witnessed firsthand—Travels with Charley is a stunning evocation of America on the eve of a tumultuous decade. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition also features French flaps and deckle-edged paper. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Amerika!

Auf der Suche nach dem Land der unbegrenzten Möglichkeiten

Author: Geert Mak

Publisher: Siedler Verlag

ISBN: 3641102766

Category: History

Page: 640

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Eine Reise zu den Wurzeln des großen amerikanischen Traums Geert Mak hat sich wieder auf den Weg gemacht. Der Bestsellerautor von »In Europa« ist quer durch die Landschaft, durch Geschichte und Gegenwart, ja durch die Köpfe und Herzen der USA gereist. Dabei trifft er unterschiedlichste Menschen, macht außergewöhnliche Beobachtungen und erzählt hinreißende Geschichten. Mit diesem Buch begibt sich Mak auf die Suche nach den Wurzeln des großen amerikanischen Traums und beschreibt die Mythen und das Selbstverständnis jenes Landes, das uns immer noch am meisten beschäftigt. Was ist aus dem amerikanischen Traum geworden, seit John Steinbeck 1960 die USA gemeinsam mit seinem berühmten Pudel Charley durchquert hat? Dieser Frage folgt der international bekannte Publizist Geert Mak und macht sich dafür selbst auf den Weg durch die Vereinigten Staaten, fernab ausgetrampelter Pfade, quer durch ein Land, das er liebt und zugleich kritisch betrachtet. Meile um Meile dringt er tiefer in das Land und seine Mythen, sein Selbstverständnis, seine Großartigkeit und Zerrissenheit vor. Seine Reise führt ihn von den großen Ostküstenstädten über die Kartoffelacker des Hinterlandes und die Prärie des mittleren Westens bis zum Pazifik. Er trifft Menschen – setzt sich an einen Tisch mit dem Farmer, dem Fabrikarbeiter, dem Fischer, dem Lehrer. Er streift durch die riesigen Malls und die Vororte, und er sucht nach den Wurzeln des Landes, das sich radikal verändert und doch den Glauben an den amerikanischen Traum bewahrt hat.
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Meine Reise mit Charley

auf der Suche nach Amerika

Author: John Steinbeck

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: United States

Page: 310

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Der Winter unseres Missvergnügens

Roman

Author: John Steinbeck

Publisher: Manesse Verlag

ISBN: 3641217385

Category: Fiction

Page: 608

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Die ultimative Abrechnung mit dem menschenverachtenden US-Kapitalismus John Steinbecks letzter Roman ist ein bis heute gültiges Lehrstück über Geld und Moral: Sein Protagonist Ethan Hawley, Hätschelkind der Finanzaristokratie von Long Island, muss sich um materielle Dinge nicht sorgen – bis ihn die Pleite seines Vaters plötzlich zwingt, auf eigenen Beinen zu stehen. Um Frau und Kinder ernähren zu können, tritt er eine schlechtbezahlte Stelle als Verkäufer in einem Lebensmittelladen an. Rasch erkennt jedoch er, dass redliches Tagwerk einen Mann nicht weiterbringt. Unter dem Einfluss seiner Frau und dem seines Bankberaters entledigt er sich aller Menschlichkeit und steigt zum skrupellosen Geschäftsmann auf, der ohne Rücksicht auf andere nur den eigenen Vorteil sucht.
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Früchte des Zorns

Roman

Author: John Steinbeck

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783423104746

Category: Labor camps

Page: 530

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Verarmte Landarbeiter finden in Oklahoma kein Auskommen mehr. Da hören sie vom gelobten Land Kalifornien und machen sich durch Hitze und Staub auf den Weg. Doch auch hier erfahren sie die Macht und Unterdrückung durch die Großgrundbesitzer. John Steinbeck hat mit diesem Buch seinen literarischen Ruhm begründet. Das Echo in Amerika war bei der Veröffentlichung gewaltig - Gegenschriften wurden verfasst, Politiker und Erzbischöfe verdammten es, der Autor wurde als Volksverhetzer und Klassenkämpfer verurteilt - und als Stimme der Unterdrückten und Ausgebeuteten gefeiert. Sein Roman, der auf ausführlichen Recherchen beruhte, wurde zur Basis von soziologischen Untersuchungen und diente als Vorlage für den gleichnamigen Film von John Ford. 1940 erhielt Steinbeck den Pulitzer-Preis, 1962 den Nobelpreis für Literatur.
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Engines of Change

A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars

Author: Paul Ingrassia

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451640641

Category: History

Page: 395

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Chronicles the history reflected by fifteen iconic car models to discuss how automobiles reflect key cultural shifts as well as developments in such areas as manufacturing, women's rights, and environmental awareness.
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The Portable Steinbeck

Author: John Steinbeck

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101616342

Category: Fiction

Page: 640

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A selection of essential writings by one of the greatest writers in American history It would be impossible to overstate John Steinbeck's enduring influence on American letters. Profuse with a richness of language, sly humor, and empathy for even his most flawed characters, Steinbeck's books are still widely read and deeply relevant today. The Portable Steinbeck is a grand sampling of his most important and popular works. Here are the complete novels Of Mice and Men and The Red Pony, together with self-contained excerpts from several longer novels, the text of his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, a fascinating introduction by Pascal Covici, Jr., son of Steinbeck's longtime editor, and brand new introduction from leading Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw that puts Steinbeck in the context of the 21st century. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction

Author: John Steinbeck

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 144062660X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 448

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More than four decades after his death, John Steinbeck remains one of the nation's most beloved authors. Yet few know of his career as a journalist who covered world events from the Great Depression to Vietnam. Now, this distinctive collection offers a portrait of the artist as citizen, deeply engaged in the world around him. In addition to the complete text of Steinbeck's last published book, America and Americans, this volume brings together for the first time more than fifty of Steinbeck's finest essays and journalistic pieces on Salinas, Sag Harbor, Arthur Miller, Woody Guthrie, the Vietnam War and more. This edition is edited by Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw and Steinbeck biographer Jackson J. Benson. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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The Grapes of Wrath

Author: John Steinbeck

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440637121

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized—and sometimes outraged—millions of readers. First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads—driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. At once a naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s powerful landmark novel is perhaps the most American of American Classics. This Centennial edition, specially designed to commemorate one hundred years of Steinbeck, features french flaps and deckle-edged pages. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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In Dubious Battle

Author: John Steinbeck

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014118602X

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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A novel that fearlessly explores the line between principled defiance and blind fanaticism, John Steinbeck's In Dubious Battle contains an introduction and notes by Warren French in Penguin Modern Classics. 'This book is brutal. I wanted to be merely a recording consciousness,' Steinbeck said of In Dubious Battle, which aroused immense controversy when first published in 1936. It follows the fortunes of Jim Nolan, disenfranchised and alone, his family destroyed by the system. Desperate to find his place in the world, Jim joins the Communist Party and becomes entangled in a strike of migrant workers which spirals out of control, unflinchingly detailing the apocalyptic violence that breaks out when the masses become the mob. This fast-paced, compelling novel is at once a brilliant observation of social and political turmoil and a moving story of a young man's struggle for identity. In Dubious Battle explores and dramatises many of the ideas and themes key to Steinbeck's writing. If you enjoyed In Dubious Battle, you might also like Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, also available in Penguin Classics. 'Sweeps along with the torrential impetus of a great natural fire, impelled by a poetic energy' Guardian 'Dramatically intense, beautifully written. It is the real thing; it has a vigour of sheer storytelling that may sweep away many prejudices' New Republic
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Tortilla Flat

Roman

Author: John Steinbeck

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783937793382

Category:

Page: 190

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The Winter of Our Discontent

Author: John Steinbeck

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440638671

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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The final novel of one of America’s most beloved writers—a tale of degeneration, corruption, and spiritual crisis In awarding John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with The Winter of Our Discontent, he had “resumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American.” Ethan Allen Hawley, the protagonist of Steinbeck’s last novel, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With Ethan no longer a member of Long Island’s aristocratic class, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards. Set in Steinbeck’s contemporary 1960 America, the novel explores the tenuous line between private and public honesty, and today ranks alongside his most acclaimed works of penetrating insight into the American condition. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by leading Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Sweet Thursday

Author: John Steinbeck

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440635496

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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In Monterey, on the California coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday, which is one of those days that are just naturally bad. Returning to the scene of Cannery Row—the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey, John Steinbeck once more brings to life the denizens of a netherworld of laughter and tears—from Doc, based on Steinbeck’s lifelong friend Ed Ricketts, to Fauna, new headmistress of the local brothel, to Hazel, a bum whose mother must have wanted a daughter. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by Robert DeMott. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Author: John Steinbeck

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440655529

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Steinbeck's only work of fantasy literature—in a deluxe edition with a foreword by Christopher Paolini, New York Times bestselling author of Eragon, Eldest and Brisingr Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur was the first book that John Steinbeck truly enjoyed reading as a child. Fascinated by Arthurian tales of adventure, knighthood, honor and friendship, in addition to the challenging nuances of the original Anglo-Saxon language, Steinbeck set out to render these stories faithfully and with keen animation for a modern audience. Here then is Steinbeck’s modernization of the adventure of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, featuring the icons of Arthurian legend—including King Arthur, Merlin, Morgan le Fay, the incomparable Queen Guinevere, and Arthur's purest knight, Sir Lancelot of the Lake. These enduring tales of loyalty and betrayal in the time of Camelot flicker with the wonder and magic of an era past but not forgotten. Steinbeck's retelling will capture the attention and imagination of legions of Steinbeck fans, including those who love Arthurian romances, as well as countless readers of science fiction and fantasy literature. This edition features a new foreword by Christopher Paolini, author of the number-one New York Times bestselling novels Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr. It also includes the letters John Steinbeck wrote to his literary agent, Elizabeth Otis, and to Chase Horton, the original editor of this volume. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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A Russian Journal

Author: John Steinbeck

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440657504

Category: Travel

Page: 240

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Steinbeck and Capa’s account of their journey through Cold War Russia is a classic piece of reportage and travel writing. Just after the Iron Curtain fell on Eastern Europe, Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck and acclaimed war photographer Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to report for the New York Herald Tribune. This rare opportunity took the famous travelers not only to Moscow and Stalingrad – now Volgograd – but through the countryside of the Ukraine and the Caucasus. Hailed by the New York Times as "superb" when it first appeared in 1948, A Russian Journal is the distillation of their journey and remains a remarkable memoir and unique historical document. What they saw and movingly recorded in words and on film was what Steinbeck called "the great other side there … the private life of the Russian people." Unlike other Western reporting about Russia at the time, A Russian Journal is free of ideological obsessions. Rather, Steinbeck and Capa recorded the grim realities of factory workers, government clerks, and peasants, as they emerged from the rubble of World War II—represented here in Capa’s stirring photographs alongside Steinbeck’s masterful prose. Through it all, we are given intimate glimpses of two artists at the height of their powers, answering their need to document human struggle. This edition features an introduction by Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Of Mice and Men

Author: John Steinbeck

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101659807

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

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A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression Over seventy-five years since its first publication, Steinbeck’s tale of commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss remains one of America’s most widely read and taught novels. An unlikely pair, George and Lennie, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression, grasp for their American Dream. They hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him. Of Mice and Men represents an experiment in form, which Steinbeck described as “a kind of playable novel, written in a novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands.” A rarity in American letters, it achieved remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films. This edition features an introduction by Susan Shillinglaw, one of today’s leading Steinbeck scholars. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Der rote Pony und andere Erzählungen

Author: John Steinbeck

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783423128506

Category:

Page: 196

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Der zehnjährige Jody wächst eng mit der Natur verbunden auf einer Farm im kalifornischen Salinas Valley auf. Seine Welt bekommt erste Risse, als sein geliebter Ponyhengst schwer krank wird. Einfühlsam schildert Steinbeck in der berühmten Titelgeschichte die Erschütterungen einer kindlichen Seele, der schmerzliche Verlust des Urvertrauens in die Mitmenschen. Auch die anderen Erzählungen beschreiben mit großer Intensität Grunderlebnisse des Menschen wie Schmerz, Freude, Liebe, Tod - Da findet ein Rancher bei der Heimkehr seine 'musterhafte' Ehefrau in den Armen eines anderen, und eine Mutter verliert ihren Sohn, kaum daß er die Schwelle zum Erwachsensein überschritten hat. Steinbeck erzählt unsentimental, mit sparsamen Mitteln, aber enormer Bildhaftigkeit und bringt dabei seine Verbundenheit mit seiner kalifornischen Heimat und ihren Menschen zum Ausdruck. Mit der Beschreibung der Bewohner Kaliforniens weckt er im Leser eine tiefe Sehnsucht nach dem einfachen Leben, nach der Natur und na ch der Freundschaft einfacher, ehrlicher Menschen. So gehören diese Geschichten zum Besten, was Steinbeck je geschrieben hat.
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