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♠Book: The Harvest Gypsies
♣Author: John Steinbeck
♥Publisher: Heyday
♦Release: 2002-01-01
★Genre: History
☘Pages: 62
✸ISBN: 1890771619
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French


✒SUMMARY: Collects seven newspaper articles on migrant farm workers, squatters' camps and the Hoovervilles of California that the author wrote for The San Francisco News in 1936, providing the factual foundation for the The Grapes of Wrath published three years later. Reissue.

♠Book: From Good Ma to Welfare Queen
♣Author: Vivyan Campbell Adair
♥Publisher: Psychology Press
♦Release: 2000
★Genre: Literary Criticism
☘Pages: 153
✸ISBN: 0815336519
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French


✒SUMMARY: This study explores literary, photographic and cultural representations of poor American women in a Foucaldian genealogy. In tracing the inscription of the poor woman historically and across genres the author reveals the contours of the objectification of the poor woman/mother and offers a clear view of the processes through which interlocking systems of race, gender and class oppression have marked the bodies of its subjects in specific and purposeful ways, in order to reproduce privileged ideology and power. Through this exploration the connection between textual representation and social productions of the Real become startlingly apparent.

♠Book: Intimate Frontiers
♣Author: Albert L. Hurtado
♥Publisher: UNM Press
♦Release: 1999
★Genre: History
☘Pages: 173
✸ISBN: 0826319548
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French


✒SUMMARY: This book reveals how powerful undercurrents of sex, gender, and culture helped shape the history of the American frontier from the 1760s to the 1850s. Looking at California under three flags--those of Spain, Mexico, and the United States--Hurtado resurrects daily life in the missions, at mining camps, on overland trails and sea journeys, and in San Francisco. In these settings Hurtado explores courtship, marriage, reproduction, and family life as a way to understand how men and women--whether Native American, Anglo American, Hispanic, Chinese, or of mixed blood--fit into or reshaped the roles and identities set by their race and gender. Hurtado introduces two themes in delineating his intimate frontiers. One was a libertine California, and some of its delights were heartily described early in the 1850s: "[Gold] dust was plentier than pleasure, pleasure more enticing than virtue. Fortune was the horse, youth in the saddle, dissipation the track, and desire the spur." Not all the times were good or giddy, and in the tragedy of a teenage domestic who died in a botched abortion or a brutalized Indian woman we see the seamy underside of gender relations on the frontier. The other theme explored is the reaction of citizens who abhorred the loss of moral standards and sought to suppress excess. Their efforts included imposing all the stabilizing customs of whichever society dominated California--during the Hispanic period,arranged marriages and concern for family honor were the norm; among the Anglos, laws regulated prostitution,missionaries railed against vices, and "proper" women were brought in to help "civilize" the frontier.

♠Book: The grapes of wrath and other writings 1936 1941
♣Author: John Steinbeck
♥Publisher: Library of America
♦Release: 1996
★Genre: Fiction
☘Pages: 1067
✸ISBN: UOM:39015036032368
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French


✒SUMMARY: Short stories and a novel are accompanied by nonfiction works dealing with a marine biological expedition and migrant farm workers

♠Book: In Dubious Battle
♣Author: John Steinbeck
♥Publisher: Penguin
♦Release: 2006-05-30
★Genre: Fiction
☘Pages: 304
✸ISBN: 1101118660
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French


✒SUMMARY: A riveting novel of labor strife and apocalyptic violence, now a major motion picture starring James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Selena Gomez, and Zach Braff At once a relentlessly fast-paced, admirably observed novel of social unrest and the story of a young man's struggle for identity, In Dubious Battle is set in the California apple country, where a strike by migrant workers against rapacious landowners spirals out of control, as a principled defiance metamorphoses into blind fanaticism. Caught in the upheaval is Jim Nolan, a once aimless man who find himself in the course of the strike, briefly becomes its leader, and is ultimately crushed in its service. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

♠Book: The Lucky Ones
♣Author: Mae Ngai
♥Publisher: Princeton University Press
♦Release: 2012
★Genre: Biography & Autobiography
☘Pages: 326
✸ISBN: 9780691155326
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French


✒SUMMARY: Traces three generations of a Chinese-American family from its patriarch's self-invention as an immigration broker in post-gold rush San Francisco to the family's intimate involvement in the 1904 World's Fair.

♠Book: Essential Elements of Steinbeck
♣Author: Thomas Fensch
♥Publisher: iUniverse
♦Release: 2009-06-11
★Genre: Literary Collections
☘Pages: 140
✸ISBN: 9781462041794
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French


✒SUMMARY: Essential Elements of Steinbeck . . . offers insights into five key aspects of John Steinbeck The complex relationship between John Steinbeck and his editor-publisher Pascal "Pat" Covici, who read Steinbeck's first three books, Cup of Gold, The Pastures of Heaven and To a God Unknown, which all languished during the Depression. Covici published Steinbeck's fourth book Tortilla Flat, his first critical and commercial success. Steinbeck remained with Covici throughout his career, a relationship broken only by Covici's death, decades later. How Steinbeck will be forever linked with Monterey Bay, in Tortilla Flat and eventually Cannery Row and its sequel Sweet Thursday and how Steinbeck's portraits of the paisanos, originally thought to be merely eccentric bums, have become increasingly upsetting to modern critics. How a seven-part series of investigative articles about the migrants, which Steinbeck published in the now-defunct San Francisco News and which were included in The Grapes of Wrath as intercalary chapters, proved the validity of the novel and helped insure its place as the premier moral vision of the 1930s. How Steinbeck used the personality and philosophy of his friend, marine biologist Ed Ricketts in a wide variety of novels, including: In Dubious Battle; Of Mice and Men; The Grapes of Wrath; The moon is Down; Cannery Row; Burning Bright; Sweet Thursday and in Steinbeck's classic short story, "The Snake." And, how Steinbeck knew, but could not prove, that the FBI had a file on him as early as 1942 and how a Steinbeck jab at "Edgar's boys," was kept in FBI files for decades. J. Edgar Hoover always denied that the FBI had a Steinbeck file, but it grew and grew and continued to grow even after Steinbeck's death. J. Edgar Hoover's denials of a Steinbeck investigation were, at the least disingenuous; at worst, a outright lie. Thomas Fensch has published three previous books on Steinbeck and has an international reputation in Steinbeck criticism.

♠Book: Critical Companion to John Steinbeck
♣Author: Jeffrey D. Schultz
♥Publisher: Infobase Publishing
♦Release: 2005
★Genre: Electronic books
☘Pages: 417
✸ISBN: 9781438108506
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French


✒SUMMARY: Celebrates the American writer who in his works confronted and explored the social fabric of the United States in the early 20th century. More than 500 entries include synopses of his novels, short stories, and nonfiction; descriptions of his characters, details about family, friends, and associates.

♠Book: Working Days
♣Author: John Steinbeck
♥Publisher: Penguin
♦Release: 1990-12-01
★Genre: Literary Collections
☘Pages: 240
✸ISBN: 9781440674525
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French


✒SUMMARY: John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath during an astonishing burst of activity between June and October of 1938. Throughout the time he was creating his greatest work, Steinbeck faithfully kept a journal revealing his arduous journey toward its completion. The journal, like the novel it chronicles, tells a tale of dramatic proportions—of dogged determination and inspiration, yet also of paranoia, self-doubt, and obstacles. It records in intimate detail the conception and genesis of The Grapes of Wrath and its huge though controversial success. It is a unique and penetrating portrait of an emblematic American writer creating an essential American masterpiece.

♠Book: Voices of Freedom
♣Author: Eric Foner
♥Publisher: W. W. Norton
♦Release: 2013
★Genre: History
☘Pages: 332
✸ISBN: 039392291X
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French


✒SUMMARY: The best-selling companion reader to the Give Me Liberty! family of books.