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East of Eden

(Centennial Edition)

John Steinbeck - Author

David Wyatt - Editor/introduction

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ISBN 9781440631320 | 640 pages | 05 Feb 2002 | Penguin Classics | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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In his journal, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck called East of Eden "the first book," and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth. Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. The masterpiece of Steinbeck’s later years, East of Eden is a work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence.

This edition features an introduction by David Wyatt.

John Steinbeck knew and understood America and Americans better than any other writer of the twentieth century. (The Dallas Morning News)

A man whose work was equal to the vast social themes that drove him. (Don DeLillo)