A John Steinbeck Reader: Essays in Honor of Stephen K. by Barbara A. Heavilin

By Barbara A. Heavilin

Celebrating the short lifetime of a tender student devoted to Steinbeck reviews, this assortment gathers essays from a variety of vantage issues together with aesthetic, feminist, moral, and comparative views. integrated during this quantity are works via acclaimed poets, in addition to insightful readings of a bit identified early brief tale and an unsuccessful novel by means of Steinbeck.

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48) Only through imitation do we develop towards originality. (138) Every safe generality I gathered in my travels was canceled by another. In the night the Bad Lands had become Good Lands. I can’t explain it. That’s how it was. (157) Contemplating America, Steinbeck engages in what he calls “this generality jazz,” and under subheads he speculates about what he has discovered thus far. Of food, he states, “America . . has put cleanliness first, at the expense of taste” (141). Of reading, he observes, “The big-city papers cast their shadows over large areas around them, the New York Times as far as the Great Lakes, the Chicago Tribune all the way here to North Dakota” (141–42).

And now a force was in hand how much more strong, and we hadn’t had time to develop the means to think, for man has to have feelings and then words before he can come close to thought and, in the past at least, that has taken a long time. (32–33) The “force” to which Steinbeck refers is undoubtedly the threat of atomic warfare some feared would follow the drawn-out cold war 28 Barbara A. Heavilin between Russia and the United States. Faced with the possibility of annihilation such as had been witnessed in the unspeakable horror of the attack on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, humanity simply did not have the capacity to comprehend its world.

278) 3. References to The Spectator may be located at the following online site: Eighteenth-Century E-Texts—A, edited by Jack Lynch at http://andromeda. html. This project is a part of a larger collection of eighteenth-century e-texts. 4. html). The term seems an oxymoronic hybrid that I am not comfortable applying to Travels with Charley. Although they maintain the essence of the situation, the conversations are undoubtedly amended, extended, and polished. Besides, there is, after all, truth in fiction itself, even when a dog is one of the speakers.

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