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John Steinbeck became known as an important American writer with his epic novel, The Grapes of Wrath (1939), for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1940. Other early works include Tortilla Flat (1935), In Dubious Battle (1936), Of Mice and Men (1937), and The Long Valley (1938). He was also known for a profusion of short stories, nonfiction works, and more.

1. John Steinbeck - Novels and Stories 1932-1937: The Pastures of Heaven, etc.

Library of America offers this collection of the early California writings by John Steinbeck--collected here for the first time. Robert DeMott edits this volume, which includes: The Pastures of Heaven, To a God Unknown, Tortilla Flat, In Dubious Battle, Of Mice and Men. Of these works, Of Mice and Men is probably the best known (and studied), but the works of Steinbeck are always worth reading. As early examples of his writing style and development, these works offer a unique perspective on a writer who would become one of the greatest American writers of his century.

2. John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings 1936-1941

The next obvious choice for books by John Steinbeck is the next collection from Library of America. Robert DeMott edited this collection of Steinbeck works as well, and this volume includes: The Long Valley, The Grapes of Wrath, The Log from the Sea of Cortez, The Harvest. Here the famous work is The Grapes of Wrath, the epic which helped to place Steinbeck in the ranks with other American masters of fiction. The Grapes of Wrath also demonstrates Steinbeck's ability to create a fictional account of a period in American history that devastated so many.

3. John Steinbeck - Novels 1942-1952: The Moon Is Down, Cannery Row, etc.

Here's the third volume of John Steinbeck's work, published by Library of America and edited by Robert DeMott (Editor). This collection reminds us once again why Steinbeck is one of the lasting greats. Here, you'll read: The Moon Is Down, Cannery Row, The Pearl, East of Eden. These works were created later in his life, but they are no less important. Cannery Row and The Pearl are the two, slim works that are probably most well-known; but if you've never read The Moon Is Down or East of Eden, you've missed out on two memorable works by Steinbeck.
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4. John Steinbeck - America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction

This edition (published on February 27, 2002) marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Steinbeck, the famous American author. This volume features six of Steinbeck's works of fiction, along with selected nonfiction. This work is an essential resource to a deeper understanding of the life and works of Steinbeck. The book includes Steinbeck's writings on San Francisco, Monterey, and other locations, along with his reflections on Henry Ford, Robert Capa, and Ed Ricketts.

5. John Steinbeck - East of Eden (Oprah's Book Club)

This Penguin edition of John Steinbeck's East of Eden is the version used by Oprah's Book Club. East of Eden is a favorite work by Steinbeck--epic in scale, with continual allusions to the Biblical account of the Garden of Eden. In true Steinbeck style, he turns the whole Edenic tale on its head, as he writes about the Trask family and their many adventures (or misadventures) in California.

6. John Steinbeck - Grapes of Wrath

Here's the Penguin edition of Grapes of Wrath, one of the greatest works in American literature. John Steinbeck's novel offers a look at depression-era history and culture.

7. John Steinbeck - The Pearl

In The Pearl, by John Steinbeck, a man finds a pearl of great value, only to find that he has lost everything else that he held dear. The story is unforgettable. This edition is published by Penguin.

8. John Steinbeck - Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men
Penguin
John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is a touching tale of the friendship between two men--set against the backdrop of the United States during the depression of the 1930s. Subtle in its characterization, the book addresses the real hopes and dreams of working-class America. This edition is published by Penguin.
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