OF MICE AND MEN A PLAY IN THREE ACTS PERSONS IN THE PLAY CAST OF
CHARACTERS This play was first presented by Sam H. Harris at the Music Box
Theatre on the evening of November 23, 1937, with the following cast: ...
Author: John Steinbeck
Two devastating short novels adapted for the stage by Steinbeck himself A Penguin Classic This Penguin Classics edition celebrates Steinbeck’s dramatic adaptations of his most powerful short novels, Of Mice and Men and The Moon Is Down, featuring a foreword by award-winning actor James Earl Jones. Of Mice and Men represents an experiment in form – as Steinbeck put it, “a kind of playable novel, written in 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. Of Mice and Men received the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play in 1937-1938. A number of acclaimed actors have interpreted the iconic roles of George and Lennie for stage and screen, including James Earl Jones, John Malkovich and Gary Sinise. The Moon Is Down uncovers profound, often unsettling truths about war and human nature. It tells the story of a peaceable town taken by enemy troops, and had an extraordinary impact as Allied propaganda in Nazi-occupied Europe. This Penguin Classics edition of the theatrical adaptations of Steinbeck’s two classic short novels is essential to actors, playwrights, filmmakers and directors studying the dramatic work of the Nobel Prize winning author of The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden. 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.
Richard Astro, Jackson J. Benson, Carroll Britch, John Ditsky, Joseph Fontenrose, Warren French, Robert Gentry, Mimi Reisel Gladstein, William Goldhurst, Tetsumaro Hayashi, Robert S. Hughes Jr., Howard Levant, Clifford Lewis, Peter Lisca, ...
Author: Jackson J. Benson
Publisher: Duke University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
The Grapes of Wrath is generally considered Steinbeck's masterpiece, but the short novel was the form he most frequently turned to and most consciously theorized about, and with constant experimentation he made the form his own. Much of the best—and the worst—of his writing appears in his short novels. This collection reviews what has been categorized as the “good” and the “bad,” looking beyond the careless labeling that has characterized a great deal of the commentary on Steinbeck's writing to the true strengths and weaknesses of the works. The contributors demonstrate that even in the short novels that are most often criticized, there is more depth and sophistication than has generally been acknowledged. The essays examine the six most popular short novels—Tortilla Flat, The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men, The Moon Is Down, Cannery Row, and The Pearl—in addition to the three usually thought of as less successful—Burning Bright, Sweet Thursday, and The Short Reign of Pippin IV. Because most of Steinbeck's short novels were adapted and presented as plays or screenplays, many of the essays deal with dramatic or film versions of the short novels as well as with the fiction. The collection concludes with a comprehensive checklist of criticism of the short novels. Contributors. Richard Astro, Jackson J. Benson, Carroll Britch, John Ditsky, Joseph Fontenrose, Warren French, Robert Gentry, Mimi Reisel Gladstein, William Goldhurst, Tetsumaro Hayashi, Robert S. Hughes Jr., Howard Levant, Clifford Lewis, Peter Lisca, Anne Loftis, Charles R. Metzger, Michael J. Meyer, Robert E. Morsberger, Louis Owens, Roy S. Simmonds, Mark Spilka, John Timmerman
Of Mice and Men: Teacher’s Edition includes the following: • An introduction and suggested further reading by Susan Shillinglaw, a professor of English at San Jose State University and Scholar-in-Residence at the National Steinbeck ...
Author: John Steinbeck
Penguin Classics presents John Steinbeck’s classic tale as an eBook enhanced with ten exclusive video clips featuring students responses, questions for classroom discussions, and an American Dream assignment Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men 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. Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, 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: Teacher’s Edition includes the following: • An introduction and suggested further reading by Susan Shillinglaw, a professor of English at San Jose State University and Scholar-in-Residence at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas • The poem “To a Mouse, On Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough, November 1785” by Robert Burns (the original source of Steinbeck’s title Of Mice and Men) • The 1962 Nobel Banquet Speech by John Steinbeck • An exclusive audio interview with award-winning actor James Earl Jones on his stage performances in Of Mice and Men • Ten exclusive videos of students on major themes from the novel tied to group discussion questions included in the eBook, and an American Dream assignment, for the ultimate educational experience
GRAPES OF WRATH, IN DUBIOUS BATTLE, and Of Mice and Men. Stegner's
criticism of The Moon Is Down extends to his disappointment at Steinbeck's
inability to come up with graver and more pressing issues to write about. For
Author: Jeffrey D. Schultz
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Category: Electronic books
Celebrates the American writer who in his works confronted and explored the social fabric of the United States in the early 20th century. More than 500 entries include synopses of his novels, short stories, and nonfiction; descriptions of his characters, details about family, friends, and associates.
Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they’ll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn’t know his own strength, and when they find work at a ranch he gets into trouble with the boss’s daughter-in-law. Trouble so bad that even his protector George may not be able to save him ...
Although the text never names the occupying force as German, references to "The Leader", "Memories of defeats in Belgium and France 20 years ago" clearly suggest it.
Author: John Steinbeck
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc
An adaptation for the theater of the 1942 novel written with a purpose to motivate and enthuse the resistance movements in occupied countries in World War II. The story tells of the military occupation of a small town in Northern Europe by the army of an unnamed nation at war with England and Russia (much like the occupation of Norway by the Germans during World War II). Although the text never names the occupying force as German, references to "The Leader", "Memories of defeats in Belgium and France 20 years ago" clearly suggest it.
It is not their simplicity that makes Lennie and George in Of Mice and Men into
furry little animals , or the Joads into stage creations , or the characters in The Moon Is Down into manikins ; it is Steinbeck ' s simplicity of characterization . It is
Since then his career has continued with such publicly acclaimed works as Of Mice_and_Men, The Grapes of Wrath, and The Moon Is Down.” Throughout the
majority of his works Steinbeck has generated his material from the actual and ...
Howard Levant , in The Novels of John Steinbeck : A Critical Study ( 1974 ) ,
considered Of Mice and Men , along with The Moon Is Down ( 1942 ) and
Burning Bright ( 1950 ) , in a chapter devoted to Steinbeck ' s play - novelettes .
Author: Charlotte Cook Hadella
Publisher: Macmillan Reference USA
Category: Literary Criticism
At the core of the story Steinbeck wrote as a play-novella are the well-known characters of Lenny and George, migrant workers, lifelong companions, the one hugely strong and mentally deficient, the other small, wiry, and quick-minded. Hadella offers a complete analysis of these characters and their relationship, bringing to bear both Jungian and biblical mythology and comparing them with figures in other Steinbeck works.
The Moon Is Down ( 1942 ) , like Of Mice and Men , was written as a novel - play .
As with Of Mice and Men , it was intended to illuminate a facet of the world
Steinbeck's audience did not understand . The novel focused on World War II and
Author: Joseph E. Scalia
Publisher: Research & Education Assn
Category: Study Aids
REA's MAXnotes for John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men MAXnotes offer a fresh look at masterpieces of literature, presented in a lively and interesting fashion. Written by literary experts who currently teach the subject, MAXnotes will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the work. MAXnotes are designed to stimulate independent thought about the literary work by raising various issues and thought-provoking ideas and questions. MAXnotes cover the essentials of what one should know about each work, including an overall summary, character lists, an explanation and discussion of the plot, the work's historical context, illustrations to convey the mood of the work, and a biography of the author. Each chapter is individually summarized and analyzed, and has study questions and answers.
... Tortilla Flat , the ranch hands in Of Mice and Men , the Okies in The Grapes of
Wrath , the strikers in In Dubious Battle , the farmers in The Long Valley , the
symbolic protagonists of democratic struggle and Nazi power in The Moon Is Down .
Author: Jane Benardete
Category: American fiction
This anthology traces the growth & development of Realism in America, which for more than half a century after the end of the Civil War was dominated by such realists as W.D. Howells, Mark Twain & Henry James.
Novel of Norway's resistance to the Nazis Compass ( 1970 ) , C292 -00292-5
1.95 THE MOON IS DOWN ( 1942 ) . Play , from the novel O.S.I. 48799-6 1.75 OF MICE AND MEN ( 1937 ) . Novel of a lovable moron and his protector -52071-3 ...
The six short novels : Tortilla Flat , Of Mice and Men , The Red Pony , The Moon is Down , Cannery Row , The Pearl . Viking 1953 $ 2 . 95 CUP of Gold : A Life of
HENRY MORGAN , BUCCANEER . 1929 . Viking 1936 0 . P . ; Bantam Bks .
The first pivotal point is the play - novel Of Mice and Men and the second pivotal
point is the play - novel The Moon Is Down . In Steinbeck's first general “ period , ”
up to Of Mice and Men , the growing sociality is expressed by a constant search ...
The Short Novels of John Steinbeck AMERICAN EDITIONS J5-1 The Short
Novels of JOHN STEINBECK WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JOSEPH HENRY
JACKSON | Tortilla Flat | The Red Pony of Mice and Men The Moon Is Down
... Of Mice And Men , if of no other works by that eminent author . Of course , for
many Americans , particularly those with social consciousness , John Steinbeck
was a favorite , and his The Red Pony , Tortilla Flats and The Moon Is Down were