John Steinbeck - Author

Robert E. Morsberger - Editor

Robert E. Morsberger - Commentaries by

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ISBN 9780140173222 | 384 pages | 01 May 1993 | Penguin | 5.19 x 7.75in | 18 - AND UP
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Before there was Viva Zapata!, the acclaimed film for which John Steinbeck received Academy Award nominations for best story and screenplay, there was the original Zapata.

In the research library of UCLA, James Robertson unearthed Steinbeck's original narraive of the life of Emiliano Zapato, "the Little Tiger," champion of the peasants during the Mexican Revolution. This story, upon which Steinbeck based his classic script Viva Zapata!, brilliantly captures the conflict between creative dissent and intolerant militancy to give us both a timesless social statement and an invaluable work of art.

This new volume includes the screenplay, with copious notes by the film's acclaimed director, Elia Kazan, as well as Steinbeck's captivating narrative.

Zapata Preface


Part One: Zapata

A Narrative, in Dramatic Form

Emiliano Zapata, The Man, the Myth, and the Mexican Revolution
an introductory essay by Robert Morsberger

Zapata: A Narrative, in Dramatic Form, of the Life of Emiliano Zapata
by John Steinbeck

Part Two: Viva Zapata!

The Screenplay

Steinbeck's Zapata: Rebel Versus Revolutionary
an introductory essay by Robert Morsberger

Viva Zapata!: The Screenplay
by John Steinbeck


A Note on the Script
Steinbeck's Screenplays and Productions
Steinbeck's Films