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Saint-John Perse of France (born in Guadaloupe). Genre: poetry.
Ivo Andrić from Yugoslavia (born in Austria-Hungary). Genres: novel & short story.
John Steinbeck of the United States. Genres: novel, short story, & screenplay.
The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights by
Call Number: Fiction S8197ac (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 2008-12-30
Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur was the first book that John Steinbeck truly enjoyed reading as a child. Fascinated by Arthurian tales of adventure, knighthood, honor and friendship, in addition to the challenging nuances of the original Anglo-Saxon language, Steinbeck set out to render these stories faithfully and with keen animation for a modern audience. Here then is Steinbeck’s modernization of the adventure of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, featuring the icons of Arthurian legend—including King Arthur, Merlin, Morgan le Fay, the incomparable Queen Guinevere, and Arthur's purest knight, Sir Lancelot of the Lake.
Cannery Row by
Call Number: Fiction S8197c (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1945
Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is: both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. Drawing on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, including longtime friend Ed Ricketts, Steinbeck interweaves the stories of Doc, Dora, Mack and his boys, Lee Chong, and the other characters in this world where only the fittest survive, to create a novel that is at once one of his most humorous and poignant works. In her introduction, Susan Shillinglaw shows how the novel expresses, both in style and theme, much that is essentially Steinbeck: “Scientific detachment, empathy toward the lonely and depressed . . . and, at the darkest level . . . the terror of isolation and nothingness.”
East of Eden [CD] by
Call Number: CD Fiction ST (Adult Audiobook CD)
Publication Date: 2011
The masterpiece of Steinbeck's later years, East of Eden is the powerful and vastly ambitious novel that is both family saga and a modern retelling of the book of Genesis.
The Grapes of Wrath by
Call Number: Fiction S8197g (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1986
The story of the Joad family, "Okies" who travel from the Dust Bowl of the American Southwest to California in search of a better life.
The Grapes of Wrath [CD] by
Call Number: CD Fiction ST (Adult Audiobook CD)
Publication Date: 2011-06-29
The Grapes of Wrath & Other Writings 1936-1941 by
Call Number: 810 L697sp v.2 (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 1996-09-01
Contents: The Long Valley--The Grapes of Wrath--The Log from the Sea of Cortez--The Harvest Gypsies.
The Moon Is Down by
Call Number: Fiction S8197m (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1986, c1942
"The Moon is Down, " Steinbeck's comment on the moral and ethical implications of war, begins in an unknown town that has just been occupied by a small regiment of enemy soldiers. With no altenrnative, the Mayor of the town agrees to meet with the enemy to try to work out a plan for peaceful co-existence before the impending war goes much further.
Novels and Stories, 1932-1937 by
Call Number: 810 L697sp v.1
Publication Date: 1994-09-01
Contents: The Pastures of Heaven--To a God Unknown--Tortilla Flat--In Dubious Battle--Of Mice and Men.
Novels, 1942-1952 by
Call Number: 810 L697sp v.3 (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2002-02-18
Contents: The moon is down -- Cannery Row -- The pearl -- East of Eden.
Of Mice and Men by
Call Number: Fiction S8197l (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1993-09-01
Sustained by the hope of someday owning a farm of their own, two itinerant laborers arrive to work on a ranch in central California.
The Pearl by
Call Number: Fiction S8197p (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1993-02-01
A poor fisherman dreams of wealth and happiness for his family when he finds a priceless pearl.
The Portable Steinbeck by
Call Number: 813.52 S819p (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 1971
Presents a selection of the most notable of Steinbeck's writings, including the complete texts of The red pony and Of mice and men. Includes biographical notes and a chronology.
The Red Pony by
Call Number: Juv F STE (Juvenile Fiction) / YA F STE-J (Young adult fiction)
Publication Date: 1993-02-01
Raised on a ranch in northern California, Jody is well-schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher's life. He is used to the way of horses, too; but nothing has prepared him for the special connection he will forge with Gabilan, the hot-tempered pony his father gives him. With Billy Buck, the hired hand, Jody tends and trains his horse, restlessly anticipating the moment he will sit high upon Gabilan's saddle. But when Gabilan falls ill, Jody discovers there are still lessons he must learn about the ways of nature and, particularly, the ways of man.
Sweet Thursday by
Call Number: Fiction S8197sw (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1954
In Monterey, on the California coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday, which is one of those days that are just naturally bad. Returning to the scene of Cannery Row, the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey, John Steinbeck once more brings to life the denizens of a netherworld of laughter and tears from Fauna, new headmistress of the local brothel, to Hazel, a bum whose mother must have wanted a daughter.
Tortilla Flat by
Call Number: Fiction S8197t (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1962, c1935
Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, John Steinbeck created a “Camelot” on a shabby hillside above the town of Monterey, California, and peopled it with a colorful band of knights. At the center of the tale is Danny, whose house, like Arthur’s castle, becomes a gathering place for men looking for adventure, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging—men who fiercely resist the corrupting tide of honest toil and civil rectitude.
Travels with Charley : in search of America by
Call Number: 917.3 S819t (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 1962
In September 1960, John Steinbeck embarked on a journey across America. He felt that he might have lost touch with the country, with its speech, the smell of its grass and trees, its color and quality of light, the pulse of its people. To reassure himself, he set out on a voyage of rediscovery of the American identity, accompanied by a distinguished French poodle named Charley; and riding in a three-quarter-ton pickup truck named Rocinante. His course took him through almost forty states: northward from Long Island to Maine; through the Midwest to Chicago; onward by way of Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana (with which he fell in love), and Idaho to Seattle, south to San Francisco and his birthplace, Salinas; eastward through the Mojave, New Mexico, Arizona, to the vast hospitality of Texas, to New Orleans and a shocking drama of desegregation; finally, on the last leg, through Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to New York.
Tr810avels with Charley and Later Novels, 1947-1962 by
Call Number: 810 L697sp v.4 (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2007-02-15
Contents: The wayward bus -- Burning bright -- Sweet Thursday -- The winter of our discontent -- Travels with Charley : in search of America.
The Wayward Bus by
Call Number: Fiction S8197w (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1947
In his first novel to follow the publication of his enormous success, The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck’s vision comes wonderfully to life in this imaginative and unsentimental chronicle of a bus traveling California’s back roads, transporting the lost and the lonely, the good and the greedy, the stupid and the scheming, the beautiful and the vicious away from their shattered dreams and, possibly, toward the promise of the future.
The Winter of Our Discontent by
Call Number: Fiction S8197wi (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1961
Ethan Allen Hawley, the protagonist of Steinbeck’s last novel, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With Ethan no longer a member of Long Island’s aristocratic class, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards. Set in Steinbeck’s contemporary 1960 America, the novel explores the tenuous line between private and public honesty, and today ranks alongside his most acclaimed works of penetrating insight into the American condition.
Giorgos Seferis of Greece (born in the Ottoman Empire). Genres: poetry, essay, & memoirs.
Jean-Paul Sartre of France. Genres: novel, short story, philosophy, drama, literary criticism, & screenplay.
The Age of Reason by
Call Number: 842.914 S249n (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 1992-07-07
The first novel of Sartre's monumental Roads to Freedom series, The Age of Reason is set in 1938 and tells of Mathieu, a French professor of philosophy who is obsessed with the idea of freedom. As the shadows of the Second World War draw closer -- even as his personal life is complicated by his mistress's pregnancy -- his search for a way to remain free becomes more and more intense.
The Devil and the Good Lord : and two other plays by
Call Number: 842.914 S251d (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 1960
The play concerns the moral choices of its characters, warlord Goetz, clergy Heinrich, communist leader Nasti and others during the German Peasants' War. The first act follows Goetz' transformation from vicious war criminal to a "good" person of noble deeds, as during a siege of the town of Worms, he decides not to massacre its citizens.
Nausea [Kindle] by
Call Number: Kindle-907
Publication Date: 1965
Nausea is the story of Antoine Roquentin, a French writer who is horrified at his own existence. In impressionistic, diary form he ruthlessly catalogs his every feeling and sensation. His thoughts culminate in a pervasive, overpowering feeling of nausea which “spreads at the bottom of the viscous puddle, at the bottom of our time — the time of purple suspenders and broken chair seats; it is made of wide, soft instants, spreading at the edge, like an oil stain.”
No Exit and The Flies by
Call Number: 842.914 S249n (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 1965
Jean-Paul Sartre, the great French existentialist, displays his mastery of drama in NO EXIT, an unforgettable portrayal of hell. The play is a depiction of the afterlife in which three deceased characters are punished by being locked into a room together for eternity. It is the source of Sartre's especially famous and often misinterpreted quotation "L'enfer, c'est les autres" or "Hell is other people", a reference to Sartre's ideas about the Look and the perpetual ontological struggle of being caused to see oneself as an object in the world of another consciousness
Truth and Existence by
Call Number: 121 S251t (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 1995-06-01
Truth and Existence, written in response to Martin Heidegger's Essence of Truth, is a product of the years when Sartre was reaching full stature as a philosopher, novelist, playwright, essayist, and political activist. This concise and engaging text not only presents Sartre's ontology of truth but also addresses the key moral questions of freedom, action, and bad faith.
The Words by
Call Number: 848.914 S251s (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 1981-04-12
Jean-Paul Sartre's famous autobiography of his first ten years has been widely compared to Rousseau's Confessions. Written when he was fifty-nine years old, The Words is a masterpiece of self-analysis. Sartre the philosopher, novelist and playwright brings to his own childhood the same rigor of honesty and insight he applied so brilliantly to other authors. Born into a gentle, book-loving family and raised by a widowed mother and doting grandparents, he had a childhood which might be described as one long love affair with the printed word. Ultimately, this book explores and evaluates the whole use of books and language in human experience.
Mikhail Sholokhov of the Soviet Union. Genre: novel.
Shmuel Yosef Agnon of Israel. Genres: novel & short story
Nelly Sachs of Sweden (born in Germany). Language: German. Genres: poetry & drama.
Miguel Ángel Asturias of Guatemala. Genres: novel & poetry.
Yasunari Kawabata of Japan. Genres: novel & short story.
Thousand Cranes [Kindle] by
Call Number: Kindle-684
Publication Date: 1966
While attending a traditional tea ceremony in the aftermath of his parents’ deaths, Kikuji encounters his father’s former mistress, Mrs. Ota. At first Kikuji is appalled by her indelicate nature, but it is not long before he succumbs to passion—a passion with tragic and unforeseen consequences, not just for the two lovers, but also for Mrs. Ota’s daughter, to whom Kikuji’s attachments soon extend. Death, jealousy, and attraction convene around the delicate art of the tea ceremony, where every gesture is imbued with profound meaning.
Samuel Beckett of Ireland. Languages: English & French. Genres: novel, drama, & poetry.
Echo's Bones by
Call Number: Fiction B396e (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 2014-07-02
In 1933, Chatto & Windus agreed to publish Samuel Beckett's More Pricks Than Kicks, a collection of ten interrelated stories—his first published work of fiction. At his editor's request, Beckett penned an additional story, "Echo's Bones", to serve as the final piece. However, he’d already killed off several of the characters—including the protagonist, Belacqua—throughout the book, and had to resurrect them from the dead. The story was politely rejected by his editor, as it was considered too imaginatively playful, too allusive, and too undisciplined—qualities now recognized as quintessentially Beckett. As a result, "Echo's Bones" (not to be confused with the poem and collection of poems of the same title) remained unpublished—until now, nearly eight decades later.
Molloy [Kindle] by
Call Number: Kindle-422
Publication Date: 1994-01-12
Molloy, the first of the three masterpieces which constitute Samuel Beckett’s famous trilogy, appeared in French in 1951, followed seven months later by Malone Dies (Malone meurt) and two years later by The Unnamable (L’Innommable). Few works of contemporary literature have been so universally acclaimed as central to their time and to our understanding of the human experience.
Murphy [Kindle] by
Call Number: Kindle-423
Publication Date: 2009
This novel was first published in 1938. Its work-shy eponymous hero, adrift in London, realises that desire can never be satisfied and withdraws from life, in search of stupor. Murphy's lovestruck fianceÌ Celia tries with tragic pathos to draw him back, but her attempts are doomed to failure.
Waiting for Godot by
Call Number: 842.914 B396w (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 1982
The story revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone—or something—named Godot. Vladimir and Estragon wait near a tree, inhabiting a drama spun of their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes, and nonsense, which has been interpreted as mankind’s inexhaustible search for meaning. Beckett’s language pioneered an expressionistic minimalism that captured the existential post-World War II Europe. His play remains one of the most magical and beautiful allegories of our time.