East of Eden

By John Steinbeck; Richard Poe (Read by)
(Penguin Audiobooks, Compact Disc, 9780142429211, 22pp.)

Publication Date: June 29, 2011

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Unabridged, 22 CDs, 25 hours

Read by Richard Poe

The masterpiece of Steinbeck's later years-a vastly ambitious novel that is at once a family saga and a modern retelling of the Book of Genesis

In his journal, Steinbeck called East of Eden "the first book," and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth. Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families-the Trasks and the Hamiltons-whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here is a work 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 for more than thirty years, has appeared in numerous Broadway shows, including "1776" and "M. Butterfly." On TV, 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.
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