Cover of: East of Eden | John Steinbeck.

Contributors

  • Cover Design
    Paul Buckley
  • Cover Art
    Andrew Davidson
  • Author Photographer
    Philippe Halsman

About the Book

Steinbeck considered East of Eden to be his masterpiece. In his journal, Journal of a Novel (often read as a companion to the novel) he notes that “this is the book I have always wanted and have worked and prayed to be able to write Set primarily in the Salinas Valley in the early twentieth century, the novel traces three generations of two families – the Trasks and the Hamiltons – as they grapple with the ever-present forces of good and evil. From this plot emerged some of Steinbeck’s most fascinating characters – many of whom are modeled after people in his own life.

Part allegory, part autobiography, and part epic, East of Eden was an ambitious project from the start – a gift to Steinbeck’s sons that was meant to teach them about identity, grief, and what it means to be human. Tinged with biblical echoes of the fall of Adam and Eve and the rivalry of Cain and Abel, this sprawling saga has captivated audiences everywhere for generations. It is through the popularization of East of Eden that the Salinas Valley was truly transformed into “the valley of the world”; a place where everyone is able to find a piece of themselves in the golden, rolling hills.
(source)



Contains:



Also contained in:

About the Edition

In his journal, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck called East of Eden “the first book,” and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth. Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

Adam Trask came to California from the East to farm and raise his family on the new rich land. But the birth of his twins, Cal and Aaron, brings his wife to the brink of madness, and Adam is left alone to raise his boys to manhood. One boy thrives nurtured by the love of all those around him; the other grows up in loneliness enveloped by a mysterious darkness.

First published in 1952, East of Eden is the work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence. A masterpiece of Steinbeck's later years, East of Eden is a powerful and vastly ambitious novel that is at once a family saga and a modern retelling of the Book of Genesis.

--jacket flap

Edition Notes

US/CAN

Copyright Date
1980

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.52
Library of Congress
PS3537.T3234 E3 2002

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
601 p. ;
Number of pages
601

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24328641M
Internet Archive
eastofeden00steix
ISBN 10
0142000655
ISBN 13
9780142000656
LC Control Number
2001054433
OCLC/WorldCat
48177186
Alibris ID
9780142000656
Google
R-5VFSu9aIkC
Goodreads
4406

Readers waiting for this title: 1

Preview

Check your local library


Buy this book

Amazon
Better World Books $4.48 (used)

History

Download catalog record: RDF / JSON / OPDS
August 20, 2019 Edited by Lisa Edited without comment.
March 19, 2019 Edited by Lisa Edited without comment.
March 19, 2019 Edited by Lisa Edited without comment.
March 19, 2019 Edited by Lisa Added new cover
July 26, 2010 Created by Fiction Addiction Created new edition record.