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The Short Reign of Pippin IV

A Fabrication

John Steinbeck - Author

Robert E. Morsberger - Editor/introduction

Katherine Morsberger - Editor/introduction

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ISBN 9780143039464 | 176 pages | 24 Apr 2007 | Penguin Classics | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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A work of antic political satire from an American master

In The Short Reign of Pippin IV, John Steinbeck turns the French Revolution upside down as amateur astronomer Pippin Héristal is drafted to rule the unruly French. Steinbeck creates around the infamous Pippin the most hilarious royal court ever: Pippin's wife, Queen Marie, who "might have taken her place at the bar of a very good restaurant"; his uncle, a man of dubious virtue; his glamour-struck daughter and her beau, the son of the so-called "egg king" of Petaluma, California; and a motley crew of courtiers and politicians, guards and gardeners.

Enchanting satirical comedy . . . highly amusing . . . entrancing. (Saturday Review)