A John Steinbeck Encyclopedia by Brian Railsback

A John Steinbeck Encyclopedia

Brian Railsback
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Known for his searing social criticism, John Steinbeck is one of the most popular and influential American writers of the 20th century. His works are read and studied at all levels and have been made into films. And though critics and scholars initially found fault with his enormously popular works, he is now widely recognizes as a master of his craft. This encyclopedia provides an extensive overview of his life and career and is accessible to high school students, undergraduates, and general readers. Presented are roughly 1200 alphabetically arranged entries by more than 40 expert contributors. These entries cover his works, major characters, family members and contemporaries, influences, and a range of special topics. Entries include: Henry Adams, Saul Bellow, Discourse, East of Eden, William Faulkner, Hollywood, Granpa Joad, Carl Jung, Herman Melville, Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, Of Mice and Men, Pacific Biological Laboratory, Poetry, Short Story Cycle, Tagus Ranch, And many more. Many of the entries cite works for further reading, and the encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography.

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This work includes 1200 alphabetically arranged entries that detail Steinbeck's life and writings. It provides roughly 1200 alphabetically arranged entries by more than 40 expert contributors; discusses Steinbeck's major works and characters; includes information about Steinbeck's family members and contemporaries; and, covers various special topics related to his life and writings. It is accessible to school students, undergraduates, and general readers. Known for his searing social criticism, John Steinbeck is one of the most popular and influential American writers of the 20th century. His works are read and studied at all levels and have been made into films. And though critics and scholars initially found fault with his enormously popular works, he is now widely recognised as a master of his craft. This encyclopedia provides an extensive overview of Steinbeck's life and career and is accessible to school students, undergraduates, and general readers. The work presents some 1200 alphabetically arranged entries by more than 40 expert contributors. These entries cover Steinbeck's works, major characters, family and contemporaries, influences, and a range of special topics.
The entries include: Henry Adams, Saul Bellow, “Discourse”, “East of Eden”, William Faulkner, Hollywood, Granpa Joad, Carl Jung, Herman Melville, Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, “Of Mice and Men”, Pacific Biological Laboratory, Poetry, Short Story Cycle, Tagus Ranch, and many more. Many of the entries cite works for further reading, and the encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography.

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"More than 1,200 alphabetical entries cover Steinbeck's major works along with lesser-known articles, family, friends and biographers, books read, and awards. An introductory essay by Steinbeck scholar Jackson J. Benson, a list of Steinbeck archives, university collections, and research centers, and an extensive bibliography add dimension to the numerous lengthy, signed entries. An alphabetical list of entries begins the encyclopedia, providing a useful, quick overview of the main text. An additional topical list indicates the volume's scope, grouping entries under headings for specific awards; concepts and characters in Steinbeck's works; literary, political, and cultural influences; and places, ships, and vehicles, both real and fictional. Entries guide users to additional and related information through boldfaced terms and names, along with see references. The editors specifically designed the encyclopedia for use by high school and college students, literature teachers, and scholars. A detailed index completes the work. Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers." -

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Author Biography

BRIAN RAILSBACK is Professor of English and founding dean of the Honors College at Western Carolina University. His previous books include Parallel Expeditions: Charles Darwin and the Art of John Steinbeck (1995). MICHAEL J. MEYER is Adjunct Professor of English at DePaul University and Northeastern Illinois University. His essays have appeared in such journals as Steinbeck Quarterly and the Steinbeck Newsletter, and he specialises in Steinbeck bibliography. His other books include The Betrayal of Brotherhood in the Work of John Steinbeck (2000).

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