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The Red Pony

Paperback

Author: Steinbeck, John
ISBN: 9780140187397 Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Written at a time of profound anxiety caused by the illness of his mother, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck draws on his memories of childhood in these stories about a boy who embodies both the rebellious spirit and the contradictory desire for acceptance of early adolescence. Unlike most coming-of-age stories, the cycle does not end with a hero ÒmaturedÓ by circumstances. As John Seelye writes in his introduction, reversing common interpretations, The Red Pony is imbued with a sense of loss. JodyÕs encounters with birth and death express a common theme in SteinbeckÕs fiction: They are parts of the ongoing process of life, ÒresolvingÓ nothing. The Red Pony was central not only to SteinbeckÕs emergence as a major American novelist but to the shaping of a distinctly mid twentieth-century genre, opening up a new range of possibilities about the fictional presence of a childÕs world.

This edition contains an introduction by John Seelye.

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