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East of Eden (the novel)

The novel East of Eden by John Steinbeck was published in 1952.  This epic history traces three generations of two families--the Trasks and the Hamiltons--that settled in the Salinas Valley in California during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The interaction between two sets of brothers and two families provides the themes of jealousy and betrayal as well as loyalty and love.

LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • John Steinbeck (Subject Keywords)
  • John Steinbeck Criticism and Interpretation (Subject Keywords)
  • East of Eden (Title Keyword – Brief)

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PS3537 .T3234

Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Bloom, Harold (Ed.). John Steinbeck. 1987.  Call Number:  PS3537 .T3234 Z7154 1987
  • French, Warren. John Steinbeck’s Fiction Revisited. 1994.  Call Number:  PS3537 .T3234 Z65 1994
  • McCarthy, Paul. John Steinbeck. 1980.  Call Number:  PS3537 .T3234 Z723
  • Steinbeck, John. East of Eden. 1992.  Call Number:  PS3537 . T3234 E3 1992
  • Swisher, Clarice (Ed.). Readings on John Steinbeck. 1996.  Call Number:  PS3537 .T3234 Z855 1996
  • Timmerman, John H. John Steinbeck's Fiction: The Aesthetics of the Road Taken. 1986.  Call Number:  PS3537 .T3234 Z928 1986

Reference Materials

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism. Call Number:  REF PN771 .C59

                  o   Vol. 1, pgs. 325-327

                  o   Vol. 5, pg. 407

                  o   Vol. 9, pgs. 512-515, 517-520

                  o   Vol. 21, pgs. 367-391

                  o   Vol. 34, pgs. 405-415

                  o   Vol. 45, pgs. 369-385

                  o   Vol. 59, pgs. 350-353

                  o   Vol. 124, pgs. 386, 388-393, 402

  • Hayashi, Tetsumaro.  A New Study Guide to Steinbeck’s Major Works, with Critical Explications. 1993.

                             Call Number:  REF PS3537 .T3234 Z776 1993

  • Magill’s Survey of American LiteratureCall Number: REF PS21 .M34 2007

                  o   Vol. 6, pg. 2422-23

  • Masterplots: 2nd Revised Edition. Call Number:  REF PN44 .M33 1996

                  o   Vol. 4, pgs. 1892-1896

  • Novels for Students. Call Number:  REF PN44 .N937

                  o   Vol. 19, pgs. 127-155

  • Twentieth Century Literary CriticismCall Number: REF PN771 .G27

                  o   Vol. 135, pg. 285-86, 317, 321, 349

Research Databases

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  •  Academic Search Complete
  • Literature Resources from Gale
  • OmniFile Full Text Mega

This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check LINCCWeb, Valencia East’s online catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.

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