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Modern and Contemporary Authors

The class will be reading and discussing East of Eden, by John Steinbeck. We will use Penguin's John Steinbeck Centennial Edition 2002, ISBN 0-14-200423-5. Because of chapter headings it should be easy to use any edition or Kindle.

First published in 1952, East of Eden is a classic novel set in California in which the author “created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence.” Based on the Book of Genesis, it is also a modern and universal story. Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962 “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humor and keen social perception.”

April 3: Pages 3-124 Part One, Chapters 1-11

April 17: Pages 125-270 Part Two, Chapters 12-22

May 1: Pages 270-366 Part Three, Chapters 23-29

May 15: Pages 366-489 Chapters 30-43

May 29: Pages 490-601 Chapters 44-55

Seminar Leader: Candace Gietzen has degrees from Pomona College and Stanford University. She taught history and comparative government at the Bishop's School and often used novels to enrich the curriculum.

Course Number: OSHR-70045   Credit: 0 units


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