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The Pearl

John Steinbeck - Author

Linda Wagner-Martin - Introduction by

Jose Clemente Orozco - Illustrator

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ISBN 9780140187380 | 128 pages | 01 Oct 1994 | Penguin Classics | 5.15 x 7.71in | 18 - AND UP
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One of Steinbeck’s most taught works, The Pearl is the story of the Mexican diver Kino, whose discovery of a magnificent pearl from the Gulf beds means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors, and even his loving wife Juana cannot temper his obsession or stem the events leading to tragedy. This classic novella from Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck examines the fallacy of the American dream, and illustrates the fall from innocence experienced by people who believe that wealth erases all problems. This Penguin Classics edition includes an introduction by Linda Wagner-Martin and original illustrations for The Pearl by Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco.


“[The Pearl] has the distinction and sincerity that are evident in everything he writes.”The New Yorker

“Form is the most important thing about him. It is at its best in this work.” Commonweal

“[Steinbeck has] long trained his prose style for such a task as this: that supple unstrained, muscular power, responsive to the slightest pull of the reins.” Chicago Sunday Times