A Literary Disaster In John Steinbeck's East Of Eden

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In 1950 , Steinbeck remarried to Elaine Scott, after he had divorced his second wife in 1948. In the postwar years he traveled often, seeming unable to settle down in a single place. He went several times to Russia, Europe, and especially England, but when abroad he would frequently long for home. Steinbeck 's novel East of Eden was published in (1952) . The book’s title comes from Genesis 4:1–16. Steinbeck examines the repetitive punishment for errors in human choices. Nonetheless, many early critics judged East of Eden a literary disaster, blaming Steinbeck for not understanding the biblical story and the American experience. They assumed the story of Adam to be the story of the fall of Man. But East of Eden is something quite different: a story of the rise of Man. East of Eden, therefore, is part family history and part fiction. It follows the stories of two families, the Hamiltons, Steinbeck’s maternal ancestors, and the Trasks from the 1860s through WORLD WAR II. In 1952, John Steinbeck appeared as the on-screen narrator of 20th Century Fox 's film, O. Henry 's Full House. Although Steinbeck later admitted he was uncomfortable before the camera, he provided interesting introductions to several filmed adaptations of short stories by the legendary writer O. Henry. About the same time, Steinbeck recorded readings of several of his short stories for Columbia Records; despite some stiffness, the recordings provide a record of Steinbeck 's deep, resonant

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