Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.4 X 9.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.65 pounds

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About the Author
William Souder's books include biographies of John Steinbeck, Rachel Carson (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), and John James Audubon (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize). He lives in Grant, Minnesota.
An authoritative and sympathetic account of the life of the Nobel laureate.... A lively and perceptive portrait of the artist as a complicated guy.
Brilliance follows brilliance in this illuminating biography of John Steinbeck. William Souder reveals his with a vibrant narrative and prose worthy of the master himself. Every page comes alive with the force of history, the wonder of place, and the friends, strangers, and dogs that shaped the sensibilities of the man who became the conscience of modern America.--Jack E. Davis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea
A comprehensive new biography of America's best-known novelist of the Great Depression arrives at a timely moment.--Joumana Khatib
A brisk and engaging account by a highly-regarded biographer whose estimation of Steinbeck's importance a half-century after his death is itself testimony to his durability as a writer of fiction and critic of our world.--Donald Coers
Painstakingly researched, psychologically nuanced, unshowy, lucid.... Souder, in his own humble style, has brought a deeply human Steinbeck forth in all his flawed, melancholy, brilliant complication.--Alexander C. Kafka
A comprehensive, eloquent exploration of the life and career of John Steinbeck...Steinbeck fans could not ask for a more nuanced account of this troubled giant of American literature.--Publishers Weekly, starred review
Souder's sympathy for Steinbeck ... is most effective and eloquent in his depiction of the California landscape or of the sea, which he describes as swimming with small pelagic crabs 'like a crimson carpet spread across an ocean the color of lapis lazuli.'--Brenda Wineapple
Vividly evokes the landscape 'between the mountains and by the sea' that nurtured [Steinbeck's] love of nature.... [An] appreciative yet clear-eyed assessment.--Wendy Smith