Historical Context

Crossing the Plains to California
Many of the trails that lead across the Plains to the West Coast began along the...

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The Red Pony Literary Style

Linked Short Stories
Three of the four stories in this book were published as separate short stories. What holds these...

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The Red Pony Literary Techniques

The techniques in The Red Pony typify the style that won Steinbeck immense popularity. Rising to prominence at the height of the...

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The Red Pony Ideas for Group Discussions

Steinbeck began The Red Pony fairly early in his career; his letters indicate he was working on a pony story in 1933, and the first...

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The Red Pony Social Concerns

A writer of great talent, sensitivity, and imagination, John Steinbeck entered into the mood of the country in the late 1930s with an...

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The Red Pony Compare and Contrast

1930s: Migrant farm workers, most of them coming north from Mexico are subject to the dictates of the farm owners and suffer...

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The Red Pony Topics for Further Study

Research the California trail across the plains to the West Coast. Draw a map of one of the major routes. Provide a mileage scale; highlight...

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The Red Pony Literary Precedents

The stories take place on the Tiflin ranch in the Salinas Valley, California. Steinbeck's evocation of the vital beauty of the ranch setting...

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The Red Pony Related Titles

Although its attitude toward Hispanic-Americans seems patronizing, Steinbeck's comic Tortilla Flat (1935) provides entertaining...

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The Red Pony Adaptations

Steinbeck wrote the screenplay for the successful 1949 film treatment of The Red Pony, and Lewis Milestone produced and directed the...

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The Red Pony Media Adaptations

Peter Miles as Thomas Tiflin and Robert Mitchum as Bill Buck in the 1948 film adaptation of The Red Pony Published by Gale Cengage

Steinbeck wrote a screenplay for The Red Pony, and it was produced in 1949, starring Myrna Loy and Robert Mitchum. Noted American...

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The Red Pony What Do I Read Next?

Steinbeck wrote The Pearl (reissued in 2000) in a fable form, in which he relates the woes of a poor Mexican...

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The Red Pony Bibliography

(Masterpieces of American Fiction)

French, Warren. John Steinbeck’s Fiction Revisited. New York: Twayne, 1994. Thoroughly revises French’s two other books in this Twayne series. Chapters on Steinbeck’s becoming a novelist, his relationship to modernism, his short fiction, his wartime fiction, and his final fiction. Includes chronology, notes, and annotated bibliography.

Hughes, R. S. John Steinbeck: A Study of the Short Fiction. Boston: Twayne, 1989. Divided into three sections: Steinbeck’s short stories, the author’s letters exploring his craft, and four critical commentaries. A good study of some of his lesser known works which includes a chronology, a...

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The Red Pony Bibliography and Further Reading

French, Warren, "Steinbeck, John," in Reference Guide to American Literature, 3d ed., edited by Jim...

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