Cover of: East of Eden | John Steinbeck.

Contributors

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

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
Hardcover
Pagination
601 p.
Number of pages
601

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL27900620M
Internet Archive
eastofeden00steix
ISBN 10
0142000655
ISBN 13
9780142000656
LC Control Number
2001054433
OCLC/WorldCat
48177186
Alibris ID
9780142000656
Google
R-5VFSu9aIkC
Goodreads
4406
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