John Steinbeck's Fiction: The Aesthetics of the Road Taken by John Timmerman

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A special notes goes to Tetsumaro Hayashi and Jackson J. Benson. In the footnotes and bibliography traditional acknowledgment is given for scholarly resources. If I have overlooked some there or in the preface, I ask forgiveness. Special permissions requested and received to quote passages from works by and about Steinbeck include the following: From unpublished letters of John Steinbeck. Copyright © 1986 by Elaine A. Steinbeck. By permission of McIntosh and Otis, Inc. From Cup of Gold, by John Steinbeck.

The guy's writing it, give him a chance to do a little hooptedoodle. Spin up some pretty words maybe, or sing a little song with language. That's nice. But I wish it was set aside so I don't have to read it. " Hooptedoodle retains a significant place in Steinbeck's writing, providing a break from realistic narrative so that the author may indulge in rhetorical whimsy. Hooptedoodle may contribute to a symbolic pattern that enriches the narrative, as, for example, in the intercalary chapters of The Grapes of Wrath.

Nagle considers particularly the rhetoric of the scene where Coyotito is bitten by the scorpion. After an analysis of Steinbeck's use of the expletive phrase "it was" to attract and direct the reader's attention, Nagle continues: Steinbeck is then ready to introduce the dreadful scorpion which will strike Kino's son, and, as an author who is extremely sensitive to the effects of language, he does so in a masterful sentence. " Because unpunctuated, the sentence reads smoothly from beginning to end.

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