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OF MICE AND MEN: A Play In 3 Acts

OF MICE AND MEN: A Play In 3 Acts

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OF MICE AND MEN: A Play In 3 Acts

by Steinbeck, John

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New York: Covici Friede Publishers, 1937. Near fine in like dust jacket.. First edition of the play version of John Steinbeck's landmark work, following the tragedy of two migrant farm workers in the Great Depression. Published in the same year as the novella, the OF MICE AND MEN play was adapted for the stage by Steinbeck himself. The play made its Broadway debut under director George S. Kaufman while the novella was still at the top of the bestseller list; Kaufman advised Steinbeck on the stage adaptation, urging him to "preserve the marvelous tenderness of the book," but also to add "a little more humor" to "heighten the subsequent tragedy by comparison" (Steinbeck and Wallsten). Lon Chaney, Jr., the originator of the role of Lennie in the initial production, would go on to reprise his role in the 1939 film. 7.5'' x 5''. Original beige cloth binding with black and brown titles. Original unclipped ($2.00) blue, beige, and white dust jacket. Yellow endpapers. Blue topstain. Title page with blue ornament. 172 pages. Ownership stamp of Edward V. Peters to front pastedown. Jacket sunned to spine with mild edgewear, a couple of chips and tiny closed tears. Binding with mild toning to spine, topstain faded. Sharp and clean.


Of Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the tragic story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression in California. An intimate portrait of two men who cherish the slim bond between them and the dream they share in a world marred by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. Clinging to each other in their loneliness and alienation, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie dream, as drifters will, of a place to call their own—a couple of acres and a few pigs, chickens, and rabbits back in Hill Country where land is cheap. But after they come to work on a ranch in the fertile Salinas Valley of California, their hopes, like "the best-laid schemes o' mice an' men," begin to go awry.  Of Mice and Men explores themes of human interaction, dependence, and the damaging effects of isolation. (Goodreads)

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On Mar 23 2011, JPM730 said:
This is the greatest, most heartwarming book i have ever read!
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nice book

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OF MICE AND MEN: A Play In 3 Acts
Steinbeck, John
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Covici Friede Publishers
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New York
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20th century,American,Theatre,Books to Film,Nobel

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