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By John Steinbeck, David Wyatt

A masterpiece of Biblical scope, and the magnum opus of 1 of America’s so much enduring authors, in a commemorative hardcover edition
In his magazine, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck referred to as East of Eden "the first book," and certainly it has the primordial strength and straightforwardness of fable. Set within the wealthy farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and infrequently brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of 2 families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the autumn of Adam and Eve and the toxic competition of Cain and Abel.

The masterpiece of Steinbeck’s later years, East of Eden is a piece during which Steinbeck created his such a lot enchanting characters and explored his such a lot enduring subject matters: the secret of identification, the inexplicability of affection, and the murderous outcomes of love's absence. tailored for the 1955 movie directed by way of Elia Kazan introducing James Dean, and skim by way of millions because the ebook that introduced Oprah’s e-book membership again, East of Eden has remained vitally found in American tradition for over part a century.

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Defining realism as an "historical impulse that manifests itself as a literary method," Levine contends that realistic works enact a symbolic transaction or debate, paralleling the shape of a Hegelian dialectic. "When a literary method comes to be called realistic," Levine writes, "it tends to imply several things: first, that there is a dominant and shared notion of reality in operation, upon which the writer and his audience can rely; second, that this notion is self-consciously replacing an older and currently unsatisfying one which is open to parody and rejection; third, that there is moral value ...

G. Wodehouse. As the work of these authors implies, Kingsley's satiric and stylistic masters followed a path relatively uncluttered by the narrative experimentation that so marked literary modernism. These authors developed their characters within the contexts of firmly established social networks and portrayed them in language that refused to sacrifice either lucidity or reason. They posited a fixed moral landscape, insisting upon the essential validity of social as well as literary artistic values.

39 Although Martin admits that narrative experimentation does have its limit-that it can exceed levels of credibility and tolerance- he continues to contradict the theoretical precepts his father conscientiously propounded. Thematically, his novels foreground the fragmenting effects that poststructuralist literary theory, nuclear anxiety, and entropy have on one's efforts to create anything ofmetaphysical stability, whether it be family, love, or realistic texts. Although both writers produce comic novels, employing a form of moral satire that is seriocomic in nature, their depictions of the existential and ontological struggles oflate-twentiethcentury life remain separate and tangential.

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