Today, nearly forty years after his death, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures. We have begun publishing his many works for the first time as blackspine Penguin Classics featuring eye-catching, newly commissioned art. This season we continue with the seven spectacular and influential books East of Eden, Cannery Row, In Dubious Battle, The Long Valley, The Moon Is Down, The Pastures of Heaven, and Tortilla Flat. Penguin Classics is proud to present these seminal works to a new generation of readers-and to the many who revisit them again and again.
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by John Steinbeck
"Steinbeck portrays his beloved Salinas Valley, California, in this sweeping montage of short stories. First published in 1932, they're woven together by narrator Sean Runnette in passionate detail. Steinbeck's characterizations are as rich as the fertile valley soil, and Runnette gracefully recounts the many experiences of each generation. The valley offers great opportunity for growing nearly any type of crop or flower, but there are also challenges presented by Mother Nature as well as human strife. As caretaker of these Steinbeck vignettes, classic takes on human struggle, Runnette keeps his voice steady--whether expressing celebration or sorrow. Steinbeck fans will be rewarded by Runnette's care. S.C. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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