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    "...It Was Probably the Genial Manner in which He Depicted His Down-and-out Characters of Tortilla Flat which Helped Expand His Readership."

    John Steinbeck. [Ruth Gannett, illustrator]. Tortilla Flat. New York: Covici-Friede, [1935]. First edition. Octavo. vi, 317 pages. Illustrated by Ruth Gannett. Bound in tan cloth over boards with a blue horizontal rule running from front cover over spine and onto rear cover, titles and two small ornaments in blue on spine, top edge blue. In pictorial dust jacket. Spine lightly sunned, small bumps and cloth creases at head and foot; minor surface paper lifts on front free endpaper, few corner creases. Dust jacket lightly soiled, fold and edge wear, fold separations, creases, small tears and chips, spine sun darkened, in protective mylar sleeve. Nonetheless, in very good condition.
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    Tortilla Flat, Steinbeck's third novel was his first financially successful book. With Covici Friede's publication of this book, Steinbeck and Pascal Covici began a long and mutually successful relationship. After the demise of the publishing house of Covici Friede, Steinbeck followed Pascal Covici to Viking. Though not so blatant a work of social criticism as Steinbeck's later books, it was probably the genial manner in which he depicted the down-and-out characters of Tortilla Flat which helped expand his readership. A contemporary reviewer noted that something about Steinbeck's "carefree, wine-bibbing, lazy paisanos, comfortable and happy in their ramshackle house in Monterey, has caught the fancy of the public and people are going around asking their friends if they've read Tortilla Flat yet" (McElrath, et al.).

    Goldstone & Payne A4b. McElrath, et al., John Steinbeck: The Contemporary Reviews, 43.



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