Of Mice and Men and The Moon Is Down (Penguin Classics)

By John Steinbeck

Two devastating brief novels tailored for the level by means of Steinbeck himself

This Penguin Classics version celebrates Steinbeck’s dramatic diversifications of his strongest brief novels, Of Mice and Men and The Moon Is Down, that includes a foreword by way of award-winning actor James Earl Jones.

Of Mice and Men represents an scan in shape – as Steinbeck positioned it, “a type of playable novel, written in novel shape yet so scened and set that it may be performed because it stands.” A rarity in American letters, it accomplished outstanding luck as a unique, a Broadway play, and 3 acclaimed films. Of Mice and Men bought the hot York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for top Play in 1937-1938. a few acclaimed actors have interpreted the enduring roles of George and Lennie for degree and display, together with James Earl Jones, John Malkovich and Gary Sinise.

The Moon Is Down uncovers profound, frequently unsettling truths approximately warfare and human nature. It tells the tale of a peaceful city taken via enemy troops, and had a rare impression as Allied propaganda in Nazi-occupied Europe.

This Penguin Classics version of the theatrical variations of Steinbeck’s vintage brief novels is key to actors, playwrights, filmmakers and administrators learning the dramatic paintings of the Nobel Prize profitable writer of The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden.

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LANSER: For considered one of purposes. [Crossing to card desk. ] both this city was once picked at random. in any other case there's conversation among this city and the surface. we all know that a number of the younger males have gotten away. LOFT [rises. Repeating]: We needs to do whatever. [Slaps desk. ] LANSER [angrily. He alternatives up many of the playing cards and shuffles them]: Loft, i believe I’ll suggest you for the final employees. you need to get to paintings ahead of you even comprehend what the matter is. it is a new type of conquest. regularly prior to it was once attainable to disarm humans and maintain them in lack of understanding. Now they take heed to their radios and we can’t cease them. [He sits astraddle chair R. of desk dealing with LOFT. ] They learn handbills. guns drop from the sky for them. Now it’s dynamite. quickly grenades. Then poison. LOFT [anxiously, rises, crosses C. entrance of table]: They haven’t dropped poison. LANSER [folding a card right into a dart]: No, yet they're going to. are you able to imagine what may ensue to the morale of our males, or maybe to you, if the folk had a few of these little video game darts? The issues covered with cyanide. Silent lethal issues. [Throws card dart at LOFT, who steps again. ] What in the event you knew arsenic was once approximately? may you devour or drink conveniently? HUNTER [dryly]: Are you writing the enemy’s crusade? LANSER: i'm attempting to count on it. LOFT: We take a seat right here speaking. [Crossing R. C. ] we should always be searching for this dynamite. If there’s association between those humans we need to locate it, [Crosses to R. finish above desk. ] and stamp it out. LANSER: sure. [Rises, throws playing cards on desk. ] we need to stamp it out, ferociously. [Crosses R. to armchair. ] you are taking a element, Loft. Get Prackle to take one. I want we had extra Junior officials. I want we hadn’t misplaced Tonder. [Sits armchair. ] LOFT: I don’t just like the manner Lieutenant Prackle is appearing, sir. LANSER: What’s he doing? LOFT [putting on his coat]: good, he’s apprehensive and irritable. He’s no longer himself in any respect. LANSER: convinced, i do know. That’s the article I referred to quite a bit. [He chuckles. ] i'd were a Major-General if I hadn’t stated it a lot. We expert our younger males for victory. they're excellent in victory. They don’t understand how to behave in defeat. We informed them they have been brighter and braver than different younger males. It’s a surprise to them to discover that they aren’t a piece brighter or braver than different younger males. LOFT [crosses to LANSER. Harshly]: What do you suggest, defeat? We aren’t defeated. [LANSER appears to be like coldly at him for a protracted second. He doesn’t converse, and eventually LOFT’S eyes waver. ] Sir! LANSER: thanks. LOFT: You don’t call for it of the others, sir. LANSER: They don’t give it some thought, so it isn’t an insult. for those who depart it out it's insulting. LOFT: certain, sir. LANSER: move now. begin your seek. [LOFT crosses to desk, alternatives up helmet. Crosses L. C. LANSER rises. ] I don’t wish any capturing until there’s an overt act. ? LOFT: sure, sir. [Salutes officially and is going out of the room U. L. ] LANSER crosses U. R. to home windows. HUNTER: You have been a bit tough on him. LANSER: needed to be. [Crosses to table—picks up piece of dynamite. ] He’s nervous.

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