John Steinbeck: East of Eden

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Although most critics consider The Grapes of Wrath (1939) as John Steinbeck's masterpiece, the author himself considered East of Eden (1952) as the zenith of his literary career, a work for which he felt all the others were merely practice. After originally entitling the novel “My Valley” and later “The Salinas Valley”, and considering “Canable” and “Valley of the World”, Steinbeck decided upon the title East of Eden after rereading the Genesis account of Cain's banishment from the perfect garden to the land of Nod, located “east of Eden”. Considering this event took place after the murder of Abel and that the author considered the recounting of first murder to be “the symbol story of the …

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Citation:
Meyer, Michael J.. "East of Eden". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 October 2006
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=5458, accessed 25 October 2014.]


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