New York: The Viking Press, 1952 First edition, limited issue of 1500 copies. Signed by Steinbeck on the limitation page. Additionally inscribed by Steinbeck on the front free endpaper to Leonard and Sylvia Lyons: "To Sylvia and Lenny / Shalom-aleichem / John Steinbeck / F.O. / forestiero [onoranze]". Publisher's dark green cloth, lettered in gilt, all edges red; in the publisher's acetate dust jacket; housed in the publisher's brown faux wood slipcase. Book fine; dust jacket with only some minor wear to the spine head; slipcase with some rubbing to the extremities, light sunning and a minor split to the top edge, else very clean and fresh. A very bright copy. Steinbeck inscribed this copy of East of Eden to American newspaper columnist Leonard Lyons, who was best known for his Broadway review column "The Lyons Den." Notaly, Lyons was admired for his column's strict adherence to truthful anecdotes only and his genuinely amicable personality that earned him the friendship of many celebrities and the access to private information that allowed him to maintain his policy of factual gossip only. East of Eden features the intertwining stories of the Hamilton and Trask families. The former is based on Steinbeck's own genealogical lineage, while the latter is a representation of the Biblical Adam and his descendants. Considered by the author to be his masterpiece work, East of Eden is a culmination of the major themes and strengths of Steinbeck's other novels: an affinity for nature, the pervasive struggle between good and evil, familial relationships, and American history. During the writing process, Steinbeck chronicled the development of his novel with letters to his friend and former publisher Pascal Covici, the contents of which were published a year after Steinbeck's death as Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters. A lengthy yet popular tale originally intended by the author to teach his sons about the Salinas Valley in California in which they were raised, East of Eden has been adapted into a film, a musical, and a television miniseries.. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Dust Jacket Included.
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19th & 20th Century American and English Literature, Modern First Editions, Signed and Presentation Copies
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