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The Pastures of Heaven (Twentieth-Century Classics)

The Pastures of Heaven (Twentieth-Century Classics)

John Steinbeck

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 0140187480

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s beautifully rendered depictions of small yet fateful moments that transform ordinary lives, these twelve early stories introduce both the subject and style of artistic expression that recur in the most important works of his career. Each of these self-contained stories is linked to the others by the presence of the Munroes, a family whose misguided behavior and lack of sensitivity precipitate disasters and tragedies. As the individual dramas unfold, Steinbeck reveals the self-deceptions, intellectual limitations, and emotional vulnerabilities that shape the characters’ reactions and gradually erode the harmony and dreams that once formed the foundation of the community. This edition includes an introduction and notes by James Nagel.

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ed. Tetsumaro Hayashi. Metuchen: Scarecrow, 1974, pp. 87-106. Steinbeck, Elaine, and Robert Wallsten, eds. Steinbeck: A Life in Letters. New York: Viking, 1975. Timmerman, John H. The Dramatic Landscape of Steinbeck’s Short Stories. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1990. —. John Steinbeck’s Fiction: The Aesthetics of the Road Taken. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1986. A NOTE ON THE TEXT The text of this volume reproduces that issued by the Viking Press in 1963, which was based

McIntosh, explaining the basic plan for the volume: The present work interests me and perhaps falls in the “aspects” theme you mention. There is, about twelve miles from Monterey, a valley in the hills called Corral de Tierra. Because I am using its people I have named it Las Pasturas del Cielo. The valley was for years known as the happy valley because of the unique harmony which existed among its twenty families. About ten years ago a new family moved in on one of the ranches. They were

he came to the Munroe house. Perhaps he would have to shoot Jimmie Munroe. Maybe things would fall out in a way that would force him to commit murder to maintain his dignity in the Pastures of Heaven. Shark heard a car coming and stepped into the brush while it roared by, with a wide open throttle. He would be getting there pretty soon, and he didn’t hate Jimmie Munroe. He didn’t hate anything except the hollow feeling that had entered him when he heard of Alice’s loss of virtue. Now he could

furniture like that,” he said. “You don’t mean originals, of course.” “What do you mean, originals?” “Why, old pieces. You couldn’t get them for under thirty thousand dollars.” Pat’s face fell. His room seemed to collapse. “Oh!—I didn’t know.” “We can get you good copies of everything here,” the manager assured him. “Why of course. That’s good. That’s fine. How much would the copies cost?” A purchasing agent was called in. The three of them went over the articles in the picture and the

was my father’s book. When you finish it, I have some others you might like to read.” From this incident a certain intimacy sprang up between the two families. They exchanged dinners and made little calls on each other. Bert felt at liberty to borrow tools from John. On an evening when the Munroes had been in the valley for a year and a half, Bill walked stiffly into the Whiteside sitting room and confronted his parents. In his nervousness he was harsh. “I’m going to get married,” he said. His

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