By John Steinbeck
Two devastating brief novels tailored for the degree via Steinbeck himself
This Penguin Classics version celebrates Steinbeck’s dramatic variations 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 type 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 notable good fortune as a unique, 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 couple of acclaimed actors have interpreted the long-lasting roles of George and Lennie for level and monitor, together with James Earl Jones, John Malkovich and Gary Sinise.
The Moon Is Down uncovers profound, frequently unsettling truths approximately warfare and human nature. It tells the tale of a peaceful city taken by means of enemy troops, and had a rare effect as Allied propaganda in Nazi-occupied Europe.
This Penguin Classics version of the theatrical variations 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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