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The Red Pony Illustrated Edition– John Steinbeck 1945 - $40 (North Chattanooga)

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condition: good
First illustrated edition. With illustrations by Wesley Dennis. Fine in Good+ Slipcase with marginal tears.

Author: John Steinbeck
Publisher: The Viking Press, New York, 1945
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Fine
Size: 8vo
Attributes: First Edition, Illustrated

Description
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. Jody’s encounters with birth and death express a common theme in Steinbeck’s fiction: They are parts of the ongoing process of life, “resolving” nothing. The Red Pony was central not only to Steinbeck’s 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 child’s world.

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