Cover of: East of Eden | John Steinbeck

Contributors

  • Cover Design
    Michael Ian Kaye
  • Cover Art and Illustrations
    Ross MacDonald

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.
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About the Edition

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 Aron, 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.

As Steinbeck interweaves the stories of the Trasks and their neighbors, the prosperous, open-hearted Hamiltons, he portrays men and women determined to conquer not only the land but the forces of love and hate, trust and suspicion within their hearts.
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Edition Notes

CAN/US

Genre
Fiction.
Copyright Date
1980

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.52
Library of Congress
PS3537.T3234 E3 1986b

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
778 p. ;
Number of pages
778

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL2709690M
Internet Archive
isbn_9780140049978
ISBN 10
0140049975
ISBN 13
9780140049978
LC Control Number
86002338
Alibris ID
9780140049978
Google
EgyBmwEACAAJ
Library Thing
2499
Goodreads
44529420

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