ERIC Number: ED421703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Readings on "Of Mice and Men" (John Steinbeck). The Greenhaven Press Literary Companion to American Literature. Literary Companion Series.
Karson, Jill, Ed.
Intended as an accessible resource for students researching America's greatest literary figures, this collection of essays about John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" contains a biography of the author and essays taken from a wide variety of sources. The essays are edited to accommodate the reading and comprehension level of young adults; each essay is introduced by a concise summation of the contributor's themes and insights. Additional features include an annotated table of contents, a chronology of the author's life and career as well as concurrent historical events, and primary and secondary bibliographies to facilitate research. The 19 essays and their authors are, as follows: "The Need for Commitment" (Louis Owens); "The Dream of Independence" (Joseph Fontenrose); "Control and Freedom" (Samuel I. Bellman); "A Study of Social Conflict" (B. Ramachandra Rao); "A Parable of the Curse of Cain" (William Goldhurst); "The War between Good and Evil" (Leo Gurko); "Misogyny in 'Of Mice and Men'" (Jean Emery); "Christian Symbolism in 'Of Mice and Men'" (Lee Dacus); "Patterns That Make Meaning" (Peter Lisca); "A Game of Cards as Central Symbol" (Michael W. Shurgot); "Ed Ricketts's Influence on Steinbeck's Fiction" (Richard Astro); "Lyricism in 'Of Mice and Men'" (R. Ganapathy); "A Mechanical Story with Subhuman Characters" (Mark Van Doren); "Gender in 'Of Mice and Men'" (Mark Spilka); "The Dream of a Male Utopia" (Leland S. Person, Jr.); "'Of Mice and Men' Lacks Genuine Tragedy" (Harry Thornton Moore); "The Play Accentuates the Consummate Art of Steinbeck" (Burton Rascoe);"The Use of Candy on the Stage" (Robert Cardullo); and "Steinbeck's Use of a Play Format Restricts the Development of the Story" (Howard Levant). (NKA)
Descriptors: Classics (Literature), Drama, Higher Education, Literary Criticism, Literary Devices, Literature Appreciation, Novels, Research Tools, Secondary Education, Twentieth Century Literature, United States Literature
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Guides - Classroom - Learner
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