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East of Eden: Detailed Summary & Analysis
East of Eden: Themes
East of Eden: Quotes
East of Eden: Characters
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Brief Biography of John Steinbeck
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- Full Title: East of Eden
- When Written: Late 1940s, early 1950s
- Where Written: USA
- When Published: 1952
- Literary Period: Postwar
- Genre: Autobiographical fiction; Postwar fiction; Biblical allegory
- Setting: Salinas, California
- Climax: Cal gives his father a gift of 15 thousand dollars and his father rejects it, inspiring a dangerous kind of anger in his son.
- Antagonist: Catherine Trask
- Point of View: John Steinbeck narrates in 1st person; but parts of the novel are told in 3rd person omniscient.
Extra Credit for East of Eden
Visitors Welcome. Steinbeck’s childhood home in Salinas has been preserved and is open to tourists and visitors.