The Exodus story of Okies on their way to an uncertain future in
John Ford's film version from 1940, dismissed this ending-the final images optimistically celebrate President Roosevelt's New Deal. Steinbeck himself was skeptical of
During WW II, Steinbeck served as a war correspondent for the
Steinbeck's postwar works include THE PEARL (1947), a symbolic tale of a Mexican Indian pearl diver Kino. He finds a valuable pearl which changes his life, but not in the way he did expect. Kino sees the pearl as his opportunity to better life. When the townsfolk of
A RUSSIAN JOURNAL (1948) was an account of the author's journey to the
The director Elia Kazan and Steinbeck's most famous film project, East of Eden, included James Dean to make his debut in the film.
EAST OF EDEN (1952), the title referring to the fallen world, is long family novel, is set in rural
THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT (1961), set in contemporary