John Steinbeck, author of some of this century's greatest works of fiction, was born in a small town in northern California in 1902, and his career mirrors the highs and lows of the 20th century. This biography by Jay Parini offers a portrait of a driven and difficult man.
John Steinbeck was born in a small town in northern California in 1902, and his career mirrors the highs and lows of the 20th century. A difficult relationship with his parents, his turbulent married life and his often tempestuous friendships with celebrated writers, entertainers, intellectuals and politicians, all played their part in the creation of some of the century's greatest works of fiction. This biography by Jay Parini offers a portrait of a driven and difficult man. Parini is an American poet and novelist whose previous books include a biographical study of the poet Theodore Roethke which was shortlisted for a Pulitzer Prize in 1979.
Jay Parini, an American poet and novelist, is currently the Fowler Hamilton Fellow of Christ Church, Oxford. He is the author iof numerous books, including Athracite Country, Town Life, The Last Station and Bay of Arrows. Reviewing The Last Station in TLS, John Bayley called this novel of Leo Tolstoy"s last year 'a subtle master[iece'. Parini's earlier biographical study of poet Theodore Roethke was shortlisted for a Pulitzer Prize in 1979.
John Steinbeck: A Biography by Jay Parini, Ph.D.
Jay Parini, Ph.D.
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