East of Eden

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East of Eden

By John Steinbeck; Richard Poe (Read by)

Penguin Audiobooks, Compact Disc, 9780142429211, 22pp.

Publication Date: June 29, 2011

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
No writer is more quintessentially American than John Steinbeck. Born in 1902 in Salinas, California, Steinbeck attended Stanford University before working at a series of mostly blue-collar jobs and embarking on his literary career. Profoundly committed to social progress, he used his writing to raise issues of labor exploitation and the plight of the common man, penning some of the greatest American novels of the twentieth century and winning such prestigious awards as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He received the Nobel Prize in 1962, "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception." Today, more than thirty years after his death, he remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures.

Richard Poe, a professional actor formore than thirtyyears, has appeared in numerous Broadway shows, including "1776" and "M. Butterfly." OnTV, he has had recurring roles on "Star Trek" and "Frasier." His films include "Born on the Fourth of July" and "Presumed Innocent." He is a well-known and prolific audio book performer, having narrated more than fifty books.