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The Pastures of Heaven

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The Pastures of Heaven by John Steinbeck
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In these twelve interrelated stories, John Steinbeck's beautifully rendered descriptions reveal the small yet fateful moments that transform ordinary lives. Among the industrious, enduring inhabitants of Pastures of Heaven are- Bert Munroe of Battle farm, who believes himself cursed; Edward Wicks, the over-protective father, destined for disappointment; the mysterious 'unfinished' child found in a bush; and Helen Van Deventer, who endures whatever fate throws her way. As the individual dramas unfold, Steinbeck movingly portrays the disintegration of a community as one family's insensitivity and misguided behaviour erode the harmony and dreams which once formed the foundation of all their lives.

Author Biography

John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, in 17 February 1902. After studying English at Stanford University, he held several jobs including working as a hod-carrier, apprentice painter, laboratory assistant, ranch hand, fruit-picker, construction worker at Madison Square Gardens, New York, and reporter for the New York American. In 1935 he became a full-time writer and was a special writer for the United States Army Air Force during World War II. Among his most renowned works are Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row, East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940. In 1926 Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature as a mark of his outstanding contribution to literature, his unquestionable popularity and his versatility. In his speech accepting the Nobel Prize, Steinbeck gave his view of authorship- 'The ancient omission of the writer has not changed. He is charged with exposing our may grevious faults and failures, with dredging up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams for the purpose of improvement. Furthermore, the writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate man's proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit for gallantry in defeat - for courage, compassion and love.' John Steinbeck died on 20th December 1968.
Release date NZ
March 1st, 2001
Contributors
Introduction by James Nagel Notes by James Nagel
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Penguin Classics
Pages
240
Dimensions
129x198x14
ISBN-13
9780141186092
Product ID
1661862

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