John Steinbeck

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From Paradise Lost to the Lord of the Rings: top 10 epics in fiction | Stephanie Sy-Quia
From classic tales such as Paradise Lost to ‘counter-epics’ by Anne Carson and Tim O’Brien, these stories lend real grandeur to their subjects

Stephanie Sy-Quia

10, Nov, 2021 @11:51 AM

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‘Solved’: the mystery of the ‘slut’ scrawled on The Grapes of Wrath manuscript
Swedish academics think they can explain why the derogatory term appears at the end of Steinbeck’s text

Alison Flood

11, Oct, 2021 @11:52 AM

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Handwritten manuscript of The Grapes of Wrath to be published for the first time
This early version of John Steinbeck’s most famous novel, written in less than 100 days, will be released by SP Books on 7 October

Alison Flood

04, Oct, 2021 @5:29 PM

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Top 10 books about family life | Stephen Walsh
From parents who meddle in their children’s relationships to ex-wives who loom over second marriages, families in fiction can be just as complicated as they are in real life

Stephen Walsh

18, Aug, 2021 @11:24 AM

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John Steinbeck’s estate urged to let the world read his shunned werewolf novel
Rejected and hidden away since 1930, an early murder mystery by the Nobel-winning author is ‘an incredible find’

Dalya Alberge

22, May, 2021 @4:15 PM

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Sharp rise in parents seeking to ban anti-racist books in US schools
The American Library Association’s annual Top 10 ‘most challenged’ books is usually dominated by LGBTQ+ reading, but 2020 registered other anxieties

Alison Flood

06, Apr, 2021 @12:01 PM

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What Victorian-era seaweed pressings reveal about our changing seas
A ‘women’s pastime’ practised by Queen Victoria, ‘seaweeding’ spread from the UK to California – now the samples are providing a glimpse into history

Laura Trethewey

27, Oct, 2020 @10:04 AM

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American classics among most ‘challenged’ books of the decade in US
Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird among works protesters have tried to get removed from schools and libraries

Alison Flood

28, Sep, 2020 @3:04 PM

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How Steinbeck's Cannery Row spoke to me – even in small-town Indonesia
The 1945 novel released to me the secrets of authorship in my own language, says the writer Eka Kurniawan

Eka Kurniawan

11, May, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Top 10 novels about moving | C Pam Zhang
From John Steinbeck to Annie Proulx, these books capture changing places as a state of mind as much as geography

C Pam Zhang

29, Apr, 2020 @11:00 AM

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Top 10 books of eco-fiction | Michael Christie
As the climate crisis grows ever clearer, the best fiction can help realign our conception of nature

Michael Christie

12, Feb, 2020 @1:54 PM

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The Bikes of Wrath review – cyclists take the dustbowl migrants' road
Five friends with limited experience in the saddle ride 2,600 miles across the US in an endearingly honest documentary

Cath Clarke

12, Dec, 2019 @11:00 AM

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