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- Full Title: The Pearl
- When Written: 1944
- Where Written: California
- When Published: 1947
- Literary Period: Modernist novel
- Genre: Novella/ Parable
- Setting: La Paz, Baja California Sur
- Climax: Kino’s beating of Juana and his killing of a man in protection of the pearl
- Point of View: Third person (from the perspective of the villagers who pass down the tale through generations)
From Kino to Kino. It is assumed that Kino was named after Eusebius Kino, a Jesuit missionary who explored the Gulf region in the 17th century.
From Film to Fiction. Steinbeck wrote The Pearl on an invitation from Emilio Fernandez, a well-known Mexican filmmaker, to write a screenplay depicting Mexican life. In consequence, The Pearl features few characters, simple and intense action, and cinematic viewpoints.