RESERVED - The Winter of Our Discontent - John Steinbeck

1961 - The Viking Press, New York - First Edition
A near fine copy of Steinbeck’s last novel, in the dust jacket designed by Elmer Hader, who also provided the artwork for the jacket of The Grapes of Wrath.

Ethan Allen Hawley, Harvard educated former member of Long Island aristocratic elite, has lost the acquisitive spirit of his wealthy and enterprising forebears, a long line of proud New England sea captains and Pilgrims. Scarred by failure, Ethan works as a grocery clerk in a store his family once owned....

‘Steinbeck's searing examination of the evil influences of money, immorality, greed and ambition on America drew acclaim from the Nobel Committee who hailed him as an 'independent expounder of the truth'’

‘In awarding John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated “In this brief presentation it is not possible to dwell at any length on individual works which Steinbeck later produced. If at times the critics have seemed to note certain signs of flagging powers, of repetitions that might point to a decrease in vitality, Steinbeck belied their fears most emphatically with
The Winter of Our Discontent, a novel published last year. Here he attained the same standard which he set in The Grapes of Wrath. Again he holds his position as an independent expounder of the truth with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American, be it good or bad.’ 
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