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Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck - Author

Susan Shillinglaw - Introduction by

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ISBN 9781101659809 | 144 pages | 01 Feb 1994 | Penguin Classics | 18 - AND UP
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An intimate portrait of two men who cherish the slim bond between them and the dream they share in a world marred by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. Clinging to each other in their loneliness and alienation, George and his simple-minded friend Lenny dream, as drifters will, of a place to call their owna couple of acres and a few pigs, chickens, and rabbits back in Hill Country where land is cheap. But after they come to work on a ranch in the fertile Salinas Valley of California, their hopes, like the best laid schemes omice an men, begin to go awry.

Of Mice and Men also represents an experiment in form, as Steinbeck described his work, a kind of playable novel, written in novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands. A rarity in American letters, it achieved remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films. Steinbecks tale of commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss remains one of Americas most widely read and beloved novels.