Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

A Play

by John Steinbeck

Publication Date: 07/05/2014

 
John Steinbeck s adaptation of one of America s most widely read and beloved novels, now on Broadway starring James Franco, Chris O Dowd, and Leighton Meester, and directed by Anna D. Shapiro "Of Mice and Men" represents an experiment in form, which Steinbeck described as a kind of playable novel, written in novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands. A rarity in American letters, it achieved remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and several acclaimed films." Of Mice and Men "received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play in 1937 1938. Since then, its iconic roles have attracted celebrated actors of both stage and screen, including Burgess Meredith, James Earl Jones, John Malkovich, and Gary Sinise. This classic story of an unlikely pair George and Lennie, two migrant workers in Depression-era California grasping for their American Dream continues to be read and revived in performance more than seventy-five years later, attesting to its abiding capacity to profoundly connect with readers, actors, and audiences alike."
ISBN:
9780143127277
9780143127277
Category:
Plays
Publication Date:
07-05-2014
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
172
Dimensions (mm):
198x128x8mm
Weight:
0.14kg
John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, in 17 February 1902. After studying English at Stanford University, he held several jobs including working as a hod-carrier, apprentice painter, laboratory assistant, ranch hand, fruit-picker, construction worker at Madison Square Gardens, New York, and reporter for the New York American. In 1935 he became a full-time writer and was a special writer for the United States Army Air Force during World War II.

Among his most renowned works are Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row, East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940.

In 1926 Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature as a mark of his outstanding contribution to literature, his unquestionable popularity and his versatility. In his speech accepting the Nobel Prize, Steinbeck gave his view of authorship: 'The ancient omission of the writer has not changed.

He is charged with exposing our may grevious faults and failures, with dredging up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams for the purpose of improvement. Furthermore, the writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate man's proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit for gallantry in defeat - for courage, compassion and love.' John Steinbeck died on 20th December 1968.

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