Of Mice And Men
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Date: April 2011
Duration: 3 hours 12 minutes
Steinbeck's tale of commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss remains one of America's most widely read and beloved novels
While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck's work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual's existence meaningful. Of Mice and Men also represents an experiment in form, which Steinbeck described as €œa kind of playable novel, written in a novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands.€ A rarity in American letters, it achieved remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films.