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Benson, Jackson J., ed. The Short Novels of John Steinbeck: Critical Essays with a Checklist to Steinbeck Criticism. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1990.

Benson, Jackson J. The True Adventures of John Steinbeck Writer. Viking, 1984.

Bloom, Harold, ed. John Steinbeck. New York: Chelsea House, 1987.

Editorial in the New York Times, October 26, 1962, p. 30.

French, Warren G. John Steinbeck's Fiction Revisited. New York: Twayne, 1994.

Hadella, Charlotte Cook. Of Mice and Men: A Kinship of Powerlessness. New York: Twayne, 1995.

Hughes, R. S. John Steinbeck: A Study of the Short Fiction. Boston: Twayne, 1989.

Johnson, Claudia D. Understanding Of Mice and Men, The Red Pony and The Pearl: A Students Casebook to Issues, Sources and Historical Documents. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1997.

Lisca, Peter. The Wide World of John Steinbeck. Staten Island, NY: Gordian Press, 1981.

McCarthy, Paul. John Steinbeck. New York: Frederick Ungar, 1980.

Mizener, Arthur. Article in the New York Times Book Review. December 9, 1962, pp. 4, 45.

Owens, Louis. John Steinbeck's Re-Vision of America. University of Georgia Press, 1985.

———. "Of Mice and Men: The Dream of Commitment." In Modern Critical Views: John Steinbeck, edited by Harold Bloom. Chelsea House, 1987, p. 146.

Seidel, Henry. Review of Of Mice and Men. In Saturday Review of Literature, February 27, 1937.

Shillinglaw, Susan, and Kevin Herle, eds. Beyond Boundaries: Rereading John Steinbeck. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama, 2002.

Steinbeck. John. Of Mice and Men. New York: Viking Press, 1937.

Timmerman, John. John Steinbeck's Fiction: The Aesthetics of the Road Taken. Norman, OK: Oklahoma University Press, 1986.

Thompson, Ralph. Review of Of Mice and Men. In New York Times, February 27, 1937, p. L15.

For Further Study

Benson, Jackson J., ed. The Short Novels of John Steinbeck. Duke University Press, 1990, pp. 39-70. A collection of critical essays on all of Steinbeck's work. Part 2 contains three informative essays on Of Mice and Men. This book also contains a very useful bibliography of Steinbeck criticism.

McCarthy, Paul. John Steinbeck. Frederick Ungar Publishing, 1981, pp. 57-64. Overview of Steinbeck's life and work. Chapter 3 deals with the 1930s and pages 57-64 with Of Mice and Men in particular.

McElrath, Joseph R., and others, eds. John Steinbeck: The Contemporary Reviews. Cambridge University Press, 1996, pp. 71-94. An extensive collection of contemporary Reviews of all of Steinbeck's work. Pages 71-94 contain reviews of Of Mice and Men.

Owens, Louis. John Steinbeck's Re-Vision of America. University of Georgia Press, pp. 100-106. Contains a short chapter on the themes of myth and determinism in Of Mice and Men.

Parini, Jay. John Steinbeck: A Biography. Henry Holt, 1995. A recent biography, shorter than the Benson biography.

Tedlock, E. W., and C. V. Wicker , eds. Steinbeck and His Critics. University of New Mexico Press, 1957. A large collection of critical essays dealing with many thematic and aesthetic issues in Steinbeck's fiction.

Timmerman, John H. John Steinbeck's Fiction: The Aesthetics of the Road Taken. Oklahoma University Press, 1986. Chapter 4 treats Of Mice and Men and In Dubious Battle together and discusses the thematic significance of the landscape in the two novels.

Fontenrose, Joseph. John Steinbeck: An Introduction and Interpretation. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1963. An analysis of Steinbeck's fiction, giving special attention to the influence of theories of ecology and biology on his works; also examines patterns of mythology that run through all his fiction.

French, Warren. John Steinbeck. Boston: Twayne, 1975. A good survey of Steinbeck's literary career; works are discussed in the order of composition, with some effort made to show how Steinbeck grew as an author.

Hayashi, Tetsumaro, ed. A Study Guide to Steinbeck. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1976. Summaries and analyses of Steinbeck's major fiction, geared for use in high schools and colleges.

Kiernan, Thomas. The Intricate Music: A Biography of John Steinbeck. Boston: Little, Brown, 1979. A full-length life study; attempts to explain the relationship of the fiction to events in Steinbeck's life.

Lisca, Peter. The Wide World of John Steinbeck. 1958. Reprint. New York: Gordian Press, 1981. A lengthy study of Steinbeck's fiction that includes a chapter summarizing earlier criticism.

Magill, Frank N., ed. Critical Survey of Long Fiction, English Language Series. Vol. 6. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Salem Press, 1983. Biographical and bibliographical information, and assessments of selected titles.

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