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The Portable Steinbeck

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Penguin Classics commemorates the 50th anniversary of Steinbeck's Nobel Prize with "Portable Steinbeck" for the 21st century 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 ...more
ebook, 640 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Penguin Books (first published 1943)
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Sandi Mann
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
includes his Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
Language of Awareness from East of Eden
short stories: The Affair at 7, Rue de M- and How Mr Hogan Robbed a Bank
Jenny O
Aug 04, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As long as he's not writing racist stories about lazy, wine-swilling Mexicans (see my review of Tortilla Flat), Steinbeck is great. I never read much Steinbeck before this summer, and I'm sorry I've missed him. One of my favorites so far is the story "Flight." There's not a lot of dialogue or action, but the character changes so dramatically. I'm looking forward to teaching this!
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book tremendously, even though I've read several of his classics on their own, this one excerpted the best of the best. It was a treat to experience some short stories I hadn't read, some reflections from late in his life, and the Nobel acceptance speech. A must for any Steinbeck fan.
Monica Madaus
I think I like his novels better. I liked the short stories Molly Morgan and Humbert.

I think The Snake is sort of silly. One carnivore scandalized by another carnivore's fascination with the carnivorousness of a carnivore?
John Karp
Jul 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great travel book, if you don't have a Nook or Kindle. There are a few complete stories and quite a few samples of different books by this great author. When I'm in the mood to read something short and entertaining, I reach for this one.
Sheila Rocha
If you like STeinbeck, you'll appreciate this diverse sampling of his works. If you don't like STeinbeck, you'll appreciate even more so the brief, more poignant writing moments that erupt from his work.
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extracts from many Steinbecks. Made me want to read the full versions; a bit frustrating.
a collection of works
Apr 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like reading a little of a lot of stuff. So if you want a quick intro to Steinbeck read this.
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John Steinbeck III was an American writer. He wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939 and the novella Of Mice and Men, published in 1937. In all, he wrote twenty-five books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and several collections of short stories.

In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley
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