Historical Context

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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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Literary Style

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

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Literary Techniques

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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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Ideas for Group Discussions

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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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Social Concerns

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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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Bibliography and Further Reading

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

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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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Compare and Contrast

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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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Topics for Further Study

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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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Literary Precedents

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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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Related Titles

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

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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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Media Adaptations

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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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What Do I Read Next?

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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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