East of Eden should be recognized as The Great American Novel (yes, that’s capitalized). More than Moby Dick or Huckleberry Finn, more than The Great Gatsby or The Catcher in the Rye, or Steinbeck’s other great novel The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden gives an expansive view of american life in a way that no other piece of literature has; spanning generations, from the civil war to world war I, it follows the families Trask and Hamilton, while paralleling the story of Genesis in more ways than one.

Happy Birthday John Steinbeck.


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