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East of Eden

Opens Friday, Apr 18, 2014 Synopsis: This truncated screen version of John Steinbeck's best-seller was the first starring vehicle for explosive 1950s screen personality James Dean, who plays Cal Trask, the "bad" son of taciturn Salinas valley lettuce farmer Adam Trask (Raymond Massey). Although he means well, Cal can't stay out of trouble, nor is he able to match the esteem in which his father holds his "good" brother Aron (Richard Davalos). Only Aron's girlfriend Abra (Julie Harris) and kindly old sheriff Sam Burl Ives) can see the essential goodness in the troublesome Cal. When Adam invests in a chancy and wholly unsuccessful method of shipping his crops east, his wealth plummets. In an effort to save the business, Cal obtains money from his estranged mother (the proprietor of a whorehouse) and invests it in a risky new bean crop. The gamble pays off (thanks in no small part to the war), but Adam refuses to take the money from Cal, and the resultant quarrel causes Adam to have a stroke. Released the same year as Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden provided Dean with his first Oscar nomination, for Best Actor. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi Cast: Julie Harris, James Dean, Raymond Massey, Burl Ives, Dick Davalos, Jo Van Fleet Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

Heirs of John Steinbeck sue for control of literary estate

NEW YORK -- John Steinbeck's surviving blood heirs are suing...a literary agency that handles John Steinbeck's literary estate; two sisters...that it had no immediate comment. John Steinbeck died in 1968, but his books remain...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/07/17/art_422379.shtml
Arts
Banned books list shows how times have changed

The books of John Steinbeck, Maurice Sendak and Robert Cormier...Angelou, and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. According to the American Library...group. 10. Of Mice and Men: By John Steinbeck, for racism, offensive language...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/09/27/liv_6811.shtml
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Reel Releases: Bradbury wrote, inspired films

As a writer, I often cite John Steinbeck and Hunter S. Thompson as significant influences, and it's true. But they are writers I discovered as a teen, long after my...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/things-do/applause/2012-11-13/reel-releases-bradbur
Postcard senders snorkel, reunite with friends

A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it. - John Steinbeck It doesn't look like high gas prices are slowing anyone's travel plans. The prices go up. The prices go down. We fill up...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/07/15/kir_135894.shtml
Bill Kirby
Library discards books in disrepair

...the Jackson Road library Oct. 23 searching for research materials. While there, he rescued two classic novels, John Steinbeck's The Winter of Our Discontent and H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, from a pile of about 30 books sitting next...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/11/07/met_433697.shtml
Metro
On the road

...and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. - John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley POWDER SPRINGS, GA. An ode to simpler times, the Country Gathering in Powder Springs features...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/06/24/ent_419966.shtml
Things to Do
Why books are trashed

...employees putting books out by the trash at the Jackson Road branch. Among the pile of about 30 books were two classics, John Steinbeck's The Winter of Our Discontent and H.G. Wells' The Time Machine. The recovered books, Dr. Fincher said...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/11/13/edi_434259.shtml
Editorials
Sonic Spotlight: Kurt Garin

...guess you have to get through the first one, so I look back on it now with pretty fond memories." LAST BOOK READ: John Steinbeck's East of Eden BEST EAT LIGHTNING GIG: Opening for The Cubists, Sky City, Dec. 26, 2008. "Just because Christmas...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/12/17/mus_559801.shtml
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NASCAR Newsmaker: Kyle Petty

...Speedway. Here are excerpts of that press conference: Question: What is the state of NASCAR today? Petty: (John) Steinbeck is writing a book that will be the sequel to the Grapes of Wrath. That's how bad it is. I don't know what it...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/04/05/nas_123223.shtml
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