East of Eden: (Penguin Orange Collection) (Paperback)

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You know those books you randomly pick up because you're bored? East of Eden is one of those for me. I grabbed it off of my mom's bookshelf the summer after high school as she was in the car, yelling at me to hurry up because we were already late leaving for a family trip. At first, to avoid my brothers, then eventually because I was completely captivated, I wasn't able to put it down.

Whether or not you think you like Steinbeck, I promise you (no matter what high school English curriculum says) this is his best work. As with all of his books, he makes you feel - happy, sad, exhausted, annoyed, worried - and feel deeply.

Recently, a friend asked if I had ever read it and the feeling or remembering a long ago forgotten friend came surging through me. I think it's time to pick this up again, and you should too.

— erin


Part of the Penguin Orange Collection, a limited-run series of twelve influential and beloved American classics in a bold series design offering a modern take on the iconic Penguin paperback

A Penguin Classic

Winner of the 2016 AIGA + Design Observer 50 Books | 50 Covers competition

For the seventieth anniversary of Penguin Classics, the Penguin Orange Collection celebrates the heritage of Penguin’s iconic book design with twelve influential American literary classics representing the breadth and diversity of the Penguin Classics library. These collectible editions are dressed in the iconic orange and white tri-band cover design, first created in 1935, while french flaps, high-quality paper, and striking cover illustrations provide the cutting-edge design treatment that is the signature of Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions today.

East of Eden

The masterpiece of Steinbeck’s later years, East of Eden is a sprawling epic in which Steinbeck 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.

About the Author

John Steinbeck (1902–1968) was born in Salinas, California. He worked as a laborer and a journalist, and in 1935, when he published Tortilla Flat, he achieved popular success and financial security. Steinbeck wrote more than twenty-five novels and won the Nobel Prize in 1962.

Praise For…

By the Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

“A novel planned on the grandest possible scale . . . One of those occasions when a writer has aimed high and then summoned every ounce of energy, talent, seriousness, and passion of which he was capable. . . . It is an entirely interesting and impressive book.” The New York Herald Tribune

“A fantasia and myth . . . A strange and original work of art.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A moving, crying pageant with wilderness strengths.” —Carl Sandburg

“When the book club ended a year ago, I said I would bring it back when I found the book that was moving . . . and this is a great one. I read it for myself for the first time and then I had some friends read it. And we think it might be the best novel we've ever read!” —Oprah Winfrey
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143129486
ISBN-10: 0143129481
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: October 18th, 2016
Pages: 608
Language: English
Series: Penguin Orange Collection