What is the summary for Chapter 1 of East of Eden?

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Before the novel begins, Steinbeck includes a note to his long-time editor, Pascal Covici.  He tells Covici that he has made him a box and  “Nearly everything I have is in it.  Pain and excitement are in it, and feeling good or bad and evil thoughts and good thoughts…and still the box is not full.”

Steinbeck set out to create an epic.  He begins with a sweeping description of the Salinas Valley in California.   It is a personal recollection in which...

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I think the summary for Chapter 1 of East of Eden is describing the the Salinas Valley in Northern California where most of the story takes place.  The Gabilan Mountains and the Santa Lucias were also described in the first chapter.

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