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John’s Steinbeck’s 1947 novella The Pearl tells the story of Kino, a Mexican diver who finds an unusually large pearl. The discovery changes his life in unexpected ways.

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PS3537.T3234

Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Benson, Jackson J. (ed.). The Short Novels of John Steinbeck. 1990.

                           Call Number: PS3537.T3234 Z8666 1990

  • Burkhead, Cynthia. Student Companion to John Steinbeck. 2002.

                            Call Number: PS3537.T3234 Z6195 2002

  • Karson, Jill. (ed.). Readings on The Pearl. 1999.

                             Call Number: PS3537.T3234 P496 1999

  • Levant, Howard. The Novels of John Steinbeck: a Critical Study. 1974.

                            Call Number: PS3537.T3234 Z717

  • Steinbeck, John. The Pearl. 1945.

                           Call Number: PS3537.T3234 P42 1992

LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • Steinbeck, John

Reference Materials

  • Contemporary Literary CriticismCall Number: REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 1, pg. 325

o   Vol. 5, pg. 407

o   Vol. 13, pg. 533-4

o   Vol. 21, pg. 368, 370-1, 382

o   Vol. 45, pg. 374, 383

o   Vol. 75, pg. 343

  • Critical Survey of Long Fiction. Call Number: REF PN3321 .C75 2000

o   Vol. 6, pg. 3054-56

  • Masterplots II: Short Story Series Revised Edition)Call Number: REF PN3326 .M27 2004

o   Vol. 6, pg 3142-45

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

o   Vol. 6, pg. 2421-22

  • A New Study Guide to Steinbeck’s Major WorksCall Number: REF PS3537.T3234 Z776 1993
  • Novels for StudentsCall Number: REF PN44 .N937

o   Vol. 5, pg. 305-23

  • Short Stories for StudentsCall Number: REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 22, 198-215

Research Databases

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  • 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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Valencia College East Campus Library

Last Revised on September 10, 2009

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