1952 · New York
First edition of this ambitious 1952 American novel. Steinbeck details the lives of two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons, over multiple generations as he explores the nature of good versus evil. Alongside the sweeping scenery of Steinbeck's beloved Salinas Valley, a character in itself, the Book of Genesis–inspired relationships intertwine as they explore love, acceptance, and guilt.
Although not initially well-received by critics, according to Steinbeck's last wife he considered East of Eden => his magnum opus. He called it "the book," saying, "I think everything else I have written has been, in a sense, practice for this . . . Having done this I can do anything I want. Always I had this book waiting to be written." A decade following its publication, Steinbeck would win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
First state dust jacket with author's photo on rear panel and no ads; contains spelling mistake "bite" instead of "bight" on p. 281, line 38. Publisher's green cloth with navy-stamped lettering to front board; red spine-label with navy lettering and border. Edges of boards lightly faded. Price-clipped dust jacket present with minor age-toning and chipping at extremities, minor loss to spine-ends; small tears at top of front joint and bottom of front fore-edge, and some rubbing to fore-edges. Rear free endpaper pulling from binding slightly, exposing about an inch of webbing. => A nice, sturdy and readable copy. (Inventory #: 37822)