Novels 1942–1952: The Moon Is Down / Cannery Row / The Pearl / East of Eden


Author: John Steinbeck

The third volume in The Library of America’s authoritative edition of John Steinbeck’s writings shows him continuing to explore new subject matter and new approaches to storytelling. These four novels display the versatility and emotional directness that have made Steinbeck one of America’s most enduringly popular writers.,,The Moon Is Down (1942), set in an unnamed Scandina….Read More

11 Books Similar to Novels 1942–1952: The Moon Is Down / Cannery Row / The Pearl / East of Eden

The Heart of the Matter

In a British colony in West Africa, Henry Scobie is a pious and righteous man of modest means enlisted with securing borders. But when he’s passed over for a promotion… Continue Reading Posted in: Africa, English Fiction, Literary Criticism, Police, West

Burning Bright

Against the backdrop of a city anxious over the bloody French revolution, a surprising bond forms between Jem, whose family have moved from Dorset, and streetwise Londoner Maggie Butterfield. Their… Continue Reading Posted in: Historical British Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical French Fiction, Social Life And Customs

The Power and the Glory

During a vicious persecution of the clergy in Mexico, a worldly priest, the whisky priest, is on the run. With the police closing in, his routes of escape are being… Continue Reading Posted in: Classic Literary Fiction, Fiction, Priests, Religious Fiction Classics, Social Life And Customs

To a God Unknown

While fulfilling his dead father's dream of creating a prosperous farm in California, Joseph Wayne comes to believe that a magnificent tree on the farm embodies his father's spirit. His… Continue Reading Posted in: Fathers And Sons, Fiction, Human Beings Effect Of Environment On

The Moon Is Down

Taken by surprise, a small coastal town is overrun by an invading army with little resistance. The town is important because it is a port that serves a large coal… Continue Reading Posted in: History, Occupied Territories, United States

Travels With My Aunt

Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time in over fifty years at his mother's funeral. Soon after, she persuades Henry to abandon… Continue Reading Posted in: Alienation (Social Psychology), Classic Action & Adventure, Classic British & Irish Fiction, Fiction, Older Women

The Third Man

Rollo Martins' usual line is the writing of cheap paperback Westerns under the name of Buck Dexter. But when his old friend Harry Lime invites him to Vienna, he jumps… Continue Reading Posted in: Humanities, Literary, Literature, Movie, Movie & Game Tie-In Fiction, TV, Video Game Adaptations

The Pastures of Heaven

En Californie, entre Salinas et Monterey, des familles de fermiers vivent prospères et paisibles. La terre est riche et facile à travailler, les fruits des jardins sont les plus beaux… Continue Reading Posted in: American, Fiction, Short Stories

In Dubious Battle

Both a fast-paced story of social unrest and strike, and the tale of one young man's struggle for identity, IN DUBIOUS BATTLE is a novel about the apocalyptic violence that… Continue Reading Posted in: Apple Growers, California, Political Fiction

Sweet Thursday

In Monterey, on the California Coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday - one of those days that's just bad from the start. But Sweet… Continue Reading Posted in: Community Life, Social Life And Customs, Western Stories

Tortilla Flat

Alternate cover edition here.John Steinbeck's first major critical and commercial success, and perhaps his funniest novel, "Tortilla Flat" includes a critical introduction by Thomas Fensch in "Penguin Modern Classics". Danny… Continue Reading Posted in: Humorous Stories, Mexican Americans, Poverty

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