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John Steinbeck : the war years, 1939-1945

Author: Roy S Simmonds
Publisher: Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this study, author Roy Simmonds examines the wartime output of John Steinbeck, who had achieved wide critical acclaim when The Grapes of Wrath was published in 1939. When that novel appeared, the volume of critical and popular acclaim heaped on Steinbeck's literary career reached its apogee. However, when Steinbeck's first postwar work, the novel The Wayward Bus, appeared in February of 1947 it was variously  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie 1939-1945
Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Simmonds, Roy S.
John Steinbeck.
Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1996
(OCoLC)604263447
Named Person: John Steinbeck; John Steinbeck; John Steinbeck; John Steinbeck; John Steinbeck; John Steinbeck
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roy S Simmonds
ISBN: 0838753175 9780838753170
OCLC Number: 33162058
Description: xvi, 348 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The Creation of a Twentieth-Century Masterpiece: The Grapes of Wrath --
1939: Into the Public Domain --
1940: The Search for New Beginnings --
1941: Conflict and Creativity --
1942: In Limbo --
1943: European War Correspondent --
1944: A New Masterpiece --
1945: More Filmmaking in Mexico --
The Bus That Failed.
Responsibility: Roy Simmonds.

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Through a close study of Steinbeck's large wartime output, as well as an examination of his thinking, this book examines why the critical opinion that Steinbeck declined as a writer after publication  Read more...

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