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Sweet Thursday

ISBN-10: 0143039474
ISBN-13: 9780143039471
Edition: Revised 
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Description: In Monterey, on the California coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday, which is one of those days that is just naturally bad. Returning to the scene of Cannery Row, the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726

In Monterey, on the California coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday, which is one of those days that is just naturally bad. Returning to the scene of Cannery Row, the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey, John Steinbeck once more brings to life the denizens of a netherworld of laughter and tears-from Fauna, new headmistress of the local brothel, to Hazel, a bum whose mother must have wanted a daughter. Book jacket.

In recent years Steinbeck has been elevated to a more prominent status among American writers of his generation. If not quite at the world-class artistic level of a Hemingway or a Faulkner, he is nonetheless read very widely throughout the world by readers of all ages who consider him one of the most "American" of writers. Born in Salinas County, California on February 27, 1902, Steinbeck was of German-Irish parentage. After four years as a special student at Stanford University, he went to New York, where he worked as a reporter and as a hod carrier. Returning to California, he devoted himself to writing, with little success; his first three books sold fewer than 3,000 copies. Tortilla Flat (1935), dealing with the paisanos, California Mexicans whose ancestors settled in the country 200 years ago, established his reputation. In Dubious Battle (1936), a labor novel of a strike and strike-breaking, won the gold medal of the Commonwealth Club of California. Of Mice and Men (1937), a long short story that turns upon a melodramatic incident in the tragic friendship of two farm hands, written almost entirely in dialogue, was an experiment and was dramatized in the year of its publication, winning the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. It brought him fame. Out of a series of articles that he wrote about the transient labor camps in California came the inspiration for his greatest book, The Grapes of Wrath (1939), the odyssey of the Joad family, dispossessed of their farm in the Dust Bowl and seeking a new home, only to be driven on from camp to camp. The fiction is punctuated at intervals by the author's voice explaining this new sociological problem of homelessness, unemployment, and displacement. As the American novel "of the season, probably the year, possibly the decade," it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940. It roused America and won a broad readership by the unusual simplicity and tenderness with which Steinbeck treated social questions. Even today, The Grapes of Wrath remains alive as a vivid account of believable human characters seen in symbolic and universal terms as well as in geographically and historically specific ones. Ma Joad is one of the most memorable characters in twentieth-century American fiction. It is her courage that sustains the family. Steinbeck's best and most ambitious novel after The Grapes of Wrath is East of Eden (1952), a saga of two American families in California from before the Civil War through World War I. Cannery Row (1945), The Wayward Bus (1947), and Sweet Thursday (1955) are lighter works that find Steinbeck returning to the lighthearted tone of Tortilla Flat as he recounts picaresque adventures of modern-day picaros. The Winter of Our Discontent (1961) struck some reviewers as being appropriately titled because of its despairing treatment of humanity's fall from grace in a wasteland world where money is king. Steinbeck also wrote important nonfiction, including Russian Journal (1948) in collaboration with the photographer Robert Capa; Once There Was a War (1958) and America and Americans (1966), which features pictures by 55 leading photographers and a 70-page essay by Steinbeck. His interest in marine biology led to two books primarily about sea life, Sea of Cortez (1941) (with Edward F. Ricketts) and The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951). Travels with Charley (1952) is an engaging account of his journey of rediscovery of America, which took him through approximately 40 states. Steinbeck was married three times and died in New York City on December 20, 1968 of heart disease and congestive heart failure. He was 66, and had been a life-long smoker.

Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
Prologue
What Happened In Between
The Troubled Life of Joseph and Mary
Hooptedoodle (1)
There Would Be No Game
Enter Suzy
The Creative Cross
Tinder Is as Tinder Does
The Great Roque War
Whom the Gods Love They Drive Nuts
There's a Hole in Reality through which We Can Look if We Wish
Hazel's Brooding
Flower in a Crannied Wall
Parallels Must Be Related
Lousy Wednesday
The Playing Fields of Harrow
The Little Flowers of Saint Mack
Suzy Binds the Cheese
A Pause in the Day's Occupation
Sweet Thursday (1)
Sweet Thursday (2)
Sweet Thursday Was One Hell of a Day
The Arming
One Night of Love
Waiting Friday
Old Jingleballicks
The Developing Storm
O Frabjous Day!
Where Alfred the Sacred River Ran
Oh, Woe, Woe, Woe!
A President Is Born
The Thorny Path of Greatness
Hazel's Quest
The Distant Drum
The Deep-Dish Set-Down
Il n'y a pas de mouches sur la grandmere
Lama Sabachthani?
Little Chapter
Hooptedoodle (2), or The Pacific Grove Butterfly Festival
Sweet Thursday Revisited
I'm Sure We Should All Be as Happy as Kings
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