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About the Author: John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck III was an American writer. He wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939 and the novella Of Mice and Men, published in 1937. In all, he wrote twenty-five books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and several collections of short stories.

In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley region of California, a culturally diverse place of rich migratory and immigrant history. This upbringing imparted a regionalistic flavor to his writing, giving many of his works a distinct sense of place.

Steinbeck moved briefly to New York City, but soon returned home to California to begin his career as a writer. Most of his earlier work dealt with subjects familiar to him from his formative years. An exception was his first novel Cup of Gold which concerns the pirate Henry Morgan, whose adventures had captured Steinbeck's imagination as a child.

In his subsequent novels, Steinbeck found a more authentic voice by drawing upon direct memories of his life in California. Later he used real historical conditions and events in the first half of 20th century America, which he had experienced first-hand as a reporter.

Steinbeck often populated his stories with struggling characters; his works examined the lives of the working class and migrant workers during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. His later body of work reflected his wide range of interests, including marine biology, politics, religion, history, and mythology.

One of his last published works was Travels with Charley, a travelogue of a road trip he took in 1960 to rediscover America. He died in 1968 in New York of a heart attack and his ashes are interred in Salinas.

Seventeen of his works, including The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Cannery Row (1945), The Pearl (1947), and East of Eden (1952), went on to become Hollywood films, and Steinbeck also achieved success as a Hollywood writer, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Story in 1944 for Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat.


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Paperback, Published in Apr 2008 by Navona

ISBN10: | ISBN13: 9788496707597

Page count: 184

París, un año de estos. Los representantes de los distintos partidos en la Asamblea Nacional no consiguen ponerse de acuerdo para formar un gobierno estable. Poco a poco va imponiéndose una solución de compromiso: restaurar la monarquía. El candidato ideal parece ser el último descendiente del reinado de Carlomagno, Pipino Arnulfo Héristal, un modesto rentista que lleva una cómoda y apacible existencia dedicado a su gran afición, la astronomía. El único problema es que Pipino no desea ser rey. A regañadientes, acepta la corona. No tardará en darse cuenta de que su papel es el de mero comparsa en el tráfago de intrigas políticas de París, lo que no le impedirá intentar lo imposible: ser el rey de todos los franceses y propiciar un cambio profundo de las caducas estructuras de ese reino improvisado.
El breve reinado de Pipino IV es posiblemente la novela más gamberra y delirante de John Steinbeck (California, 1902-Nueva York, 1968), una sátira mordaz y despiadada del poder y la corrupción política por la que desfilan una serie de personajes dibujados con mano maestra: la hija del rey, Clotilde Héristal, existencialista y caprichosa; su novio Tod, vástago de una acaudalada familia norteamericana de criadores de pollos; el tío Charlie, simpático bon vivant que se dedica a la venta de cuadros falsos; y, por supuesto, el propio Pipino, un héroe por accidente, un monarca idealista que recorre el país de incógnito y a lomos de una Vespa para comprobar en persona las condiciones de vida de sus súbditos. Llena de situaciones cómicas y absurdas, El breve reinado de Pipino IV representa la veta más divertida y cáustica del narrador californiano, Premio Nobel de Literatura en 1962 y autor de obras inolvidables como Las uvas de la ira, Al este del edén o Tortilla Flat, publicada en esta misma colección.

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