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The Red Pony (Twentieth-Century Classics)


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Publisher:Penguin Classics, 1994



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Written at a time of profound anxiety caused by the illness of his mother, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck draws on his memories of childhood in these stories about a boy who embodies both the rebellious spirit and the contradictory desire for acceptance of early adolescence. Unlike most coming-of-age stories, the cycle does not end with a hero “matured by circumstances. As John Seelye writes in his introduction, reversing common interpretations, The Red Pony is imbued with a sense of loss. Jodys encounters with birth and death express a common theme in Steinbecks fiction: They are parts of the ongoing process of life, “resolving nothing. The Red Pony was central not only to Steinbecks emergence as a major American novelist but to the shaping of a distinctly mid twentieth-century genre, opening up a new range of possibilities about the fictional presence of a childs world.

This edition contains an introduction by John Seelye.

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