Press Release: East of Eden
East of Eden
Introduced by Michael Dirda
Illustrated by Edward Kinsella
‘‘A novel planned on the grandest possible scale . . . One of those occasions when a writer has aimed high and then summoned
every ounce of energy, talent, seriousness, and passion of which he was capable . . . ’’
‘It has everything I have been able to learn about my art or craft or profession in all these years,’ wrote John Steinbeck of his magnum opus East of Eden, his most ambitious and accomplished work.
Selected by our customers as the Folio
Readers’ Choice 2017 Fiction title, this magnificent edition is a fitting testament to Steinbeck’s remarkable achievement.
With his masterwork, Steinbeck aimed to tell ‘perhaps the greatest story of all – the story of good and evil, of strength and weakness, of love and hate, of beauty and ugliness’. Blending family history
and biblical allegory, Steinbeck draws on the stories of the fall of Adam and Eve and the fatal rivalry of Cain and Abel to recount the intertwined fates of two families living in California’s idyllic
Salinas Valley from the beginning of the twentieth century to the close of the First World War. Rich in symbolic artistry and sweeping in scale, the narrative explores universal themes of love, identity and free will to reveal the primordial passions that govern us all.
As Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Dirda writes in his introduction, Steinbeck ignores the ‘rigidly formal strictures’ of genre, interweaving his narrative with autobiography, authorial intrusions and mini-essay
to enthralling effect. Edward Kinsella has contributed 11 superb illustrations that heighten the drama and poignancy of Steinbeck’s masterwork.The striking binding design features natural imagery native to the Salinas Valley – an oak tree and rattlesnake,
which is echoed on the slipcase – to reinforce the novel’s thematic symbolism.
A gilt top and ribbon marker complete this stunning edition.
Bound in cloth blocked with a design by the artist.
Set in Dante. 648 pages. Frontispiece and 10 colour illustrations. Gilt silver page tops. Ribbon marker. Printed slipcase. 10˝ x 6¾˝.
UK £70.00 US $99.95 Can $145.00 Aus $140.00
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