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By John Steinbeck

Two devastating brief novels tailored for the degree by way of Steinbeck himself

This Penguin Classics variation celebrates Steinbeck’s dramatic diversifications of his strongest brief novels, Of Mice and Men and The Moon Is Down, that includes a foreword by way of award-winning actor James Earl Jones.

Of Mice and Men represents an test in shape – as Steinbeck positioned it, “a form of playable novel, written in novel shape yet so scened and set that it may be performed because it stands.” A rarity in American letters, it accomplished awesome luck as a singular, a Broadway play, and 3 acclaimed films. Of Mice and Men acquired the recent York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for most sensible Play in 1937-1938. a few acclaimed actors have interpreted the enduring roles of George and Lennie for degree and reveal, together with James Earl Jones, John Malkovich and Gary Sinise.

The Moon Is Down uncovers profound, frequently unsettling truths approximately battle and human nature. It tells the tale of a peaceful city taken by means of enemy troops, and had a rare impression as Allied propaganda in Nazi-occupied Europe.

This Penguin Classics version of the theatrical diversifications of Steinbeck’s vintage brief novels is key to actors, playwrights, filmmakers and administrators learning the dramatic paintings of the Nobel Prize profitable writer of The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden.

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