Lot 1140: John Steinbeck EAST OF EDEN 1952 First Issue & Edition American Literature Salinas California Dust Jacket
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: East of Eden
Author: John Steinbeck - John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. was an American writer. He is widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Grapes of Wrath" (1939) and "East of Eden" (1952) and the novella "Of Mice and Men" (1937). He was an author of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and five collections of short stories. Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.
Publisher: The Viking Press
City: New York
Printing Information: First State
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 602 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: "East of Eden" is a novel by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck, published in September 1952. Often described as Steinbeck's most ambitious novel, "East of Eden" brings to life the intricate details of two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons, and their interwoven stories. The novel was originally addressed to Steinbeck's young sons, Thom and John (then 6½ and 4½ years old, respectively). Steinbeck wanted to describe the Salinas Valley for them in detail: the sights, sounds, smells, and colors.
The Hamilton family in the novel is said to be based on the real-life family of Samuel Hamilton, Steinbeck's maternal grandfather. A young John Steinbeck also appears briefly in the novel as a minor character.
According to his third and last wife, Elaine, Steinbeck considered it his magnum opus. Steinbeck stated about East of Eden: "It has everything in it I have been able to learn about my craft or profession in all these years." He further claimed: "I think everything else I have written has been, in a sense, practice for this." (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Condition / Notes: This is the first edition of Steinbeck's "East of Eden," with the word "bite" for "bight" in line 38 of page 281, and a dust jacket with price of $4.50 and photograph of Steinbeck on the rear panel. Goldstone and Payne, A32b.
This vintage volume is bound in light green cloth-covered boards, with dark green lettering to the front cover and red spine label with dark green lettering to the spine. Light fading and light bumping to spine extremities are visible to the exterior. The binding is cracked at the rear hinge. The text block is sound, with a few tiny spots to the outer edge. The interior is clean. The unclipped dust jacket is preserved in mylar, displaying significant chipping to the top edge, loss to the word "Steinbeck" at the head of the spine panel, and minor toning and creasing. An abrasion appears on the rear panel, repaired on the verso with tape.
This volume has been collated, and is complete. There are 602 numbered pages.
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