Press Release: Of Mice and Men
Illustrated by James Albon
‘A short tale of much power and beauty. Mr Steinbeck has contributed a small masterpiece to the modern tough-tender school of American fiction.’
Published by The Folio Society for the first time, Of Mice and Men is John Steinbeck’s electrifying tale of injustice and shattered dreams, set during the Great Depression.
Migrant labourers George and Lennie are dropped miles from their new workplace by a bus driver who deems them unworthy of an unscheduled stop. George is slight and savvy; Lennie a hulking simpleton and the pair has formed an unlikely friendship. They wander state to state, working on ranches and sleeping rough between jobs, until Lennie’s childlike naivety inevitably lands him in trouble and they must once again move on.
Steinbeck’s sparse narrative is suggestive of a stage play and his gift for relating complex human sentiments with the briefest authorial direction is unsurpassed. The characters are drawn with confident self-restraint that borders on detachment; Steinbeck sets the scene then pulls back to allow them space to tell their story. The effect is overpowering and ensures this thought-provoking novella will endlessly gnaw at the reader’s conscience.
Award-winning illustrator James Albon was so moved by the book he created the poignant image of Lennie sleeping, here used as a wraparound image on the slipcase, as a personal project. On being awarded the commission he has created a new series of striking colour linocuts, including two double-page spreads, as well as six black and white integrated images.
Bound in printed textured paper. Set in Miller Text with Shelton Slab display. 112 pages. 4 colour illustrations, including 2 double-page spreads plus 6 black & white integrated illustrations. Pictorial slipcase. 9˝ x 5¾˝.
UK £29.95 US $45.95 Can $59.95 Aus $67.95
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