The Red Pony (Twentieth-Century Classics)
- Publish Date: 1994-10-01
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: John Steinbeck
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 âmaturedâ by circumstances. As John Seelye writes in his introduction, reversing common interpretations, The Red Pony is imbued with a sense of loss. Jodyâs encounters with birth and death express a common theme in Steinbeckâs fiction: They are parts of the ongoing process of life, âresolvingâ nothing. The Red Pony was central not only to Steinbeckâs 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 childâs world. This edition contains an introduction by John Seelye.
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