John Steinbeck: a biography

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Heinemann, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 614 pages
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User Review  - KimMR - LibraryThing

This has given me everything I could have wanted from a biography of Steinbeck. In clear and accessible prose, Parini sets out Steinbeck's family and personal history and an analysis of the writer's ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Filtering out the mythic anecdotes that have built up around Steinbeck, Parini (The Last Station, 1990, etc.) presents a straightforwardly readable portrait and assessment of one of the last ... Read full review


The Fiction of Origins
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Jay Parini was born in Pittston, Pennsylvania in 1948. In 1970 he graduated from Lafayette College, and he received a doctorate from the University of St. Andrews in 1975. Before becoming a professor at Vermont's Middlebury College in 1982, Parini taught at Dartmouth College. Parini writes poetry, novels, biographies, and criticism, and he has published numerous reviews and essays in major journals and newspapers. He co-founded the New England Review in 1976. A successful film version of The Last Station, his 1990 novel, was released in 2009.

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