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A John Steinbeck Reader: Essays in Honor of Stephen K. by Barbara A. Heavilin

By Barbara A. Heavilin

Celebrating the short lifetime of a tender student devoted to Steinbeck stories, this assortment gathers essays from a variety of vantage issues together with aesthetic, feminist, moral, and comparative views. incorporated during this quantity are works via acclaimed poets, in addition to insightful readings of a bit identified early brief tale and an unsuccessful novel through Steinbeck.

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Has put cleanliness first, at the expense of taste” (141). Of reading, he observes, “The big-city papers cast their shadows over large areas around them, the New York Times as far as the Great Lakes, the Chicago Tribune all the way here to North Dakota” (141–42). ” (142) “Only through imitation do we develop towards originality”—in brief, Steinbeck here captures the nature of his debt to Joseph Addison. Imitating him, sharing his roles as thinker, social critic, and observer of humankind, he emerges as Mr.

Steinbeck shares with Addison a further concern with the nature of seeing, thinking, and knowing—the realm of the imagination in its response to the awes of nature and the concepts of sensibility and the sublime. Although these concepts are often connected with the Romantics, Addison is their precursor, and Steinbeck reflects the same concern with exalted, perhaps even inspired, thought. Chapter 4 29 Youngren observes that Addison labors “to express his deepening sense of the complexity of the mind’s action, as it responds through time to the greatness, beauty, and novelty found in the natural world”—qualities that the writer finally calls the “‘Pleasures of the imagination, which arise from the actual View and Survey of outward Objects” (3:550) (280).

A summation of his values in a production 37 38 John H. Timmerman he disliked? To answer these questions, it is helpful to compare America with Travels with Charley, the first work of the so-called trilogy. An examination of the genesis of each work, the nature of the genre, and the summary argument of each is useful both to distinguish one from another and also to locate the accurate testimony of a moral vision. In each case, moreover, that testimony is colored by Steinbeck’s ongoing work to translate and retell Malory’s Morte D’ Arthur.

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