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Drifters in search of work, George and his childlike friend Lennie, have nothing in the world except the clothes on their back - and a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California's Salinas Valley, but their hopes are dashed as Lennie - struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy - becomes a victim of his own strength. Tackling universal themes of friendship and shared vision, and giving a voice to America's lonely and dispossessed, Of Mice and Men remains Steinbeck's most popular work, achieving success as a novel, Broadway play and three acclaimed films.%%%A compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men includes an introduction by Susan Shillinglaw in Penguin Classics.
Drifters in search of work, George and his childlike friend Lennie, have nothing in the world except the clothes on their back - and a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California's Salinas Valley, but their hopes are dashed as Lennie - struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy - becomes a victim of his own strength. Tackling universal themes of friendship and shared vision, and giving a voice to America's lonely and dispossessed, Of Mice and Men remains Steinbeck's most popular work, achieving success as a novel, Broadway play and three acclaimed films.
If you enjoyed Of Mice and Men, you might like Steinbeck's Cannery Row, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.
'A thriller, a gripping tale that you will not set down until it is finished. Steinbeck has touched the quick'
The New York Times

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780141185101

    September 22, 2000

    Peng. Mod. Classics

    144 pages

    RRP $18.95

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Also by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men: Popular Penguins
The Vigilante
The Red Pony
The Pearl: Popular Penguins
The Short Novels Of John Steinbeck
Cannery Row: Popular Penguins
East Of Eden
Zapata
Journal Of A Novel
A Russian Journal
The Winter Of Our Discontent
Travels With Charley
The Pastures Of Heaven
The Wayward Bus
In Dubious Battle
The Log From The Sea Of Cortez
The Moon Is Down
To A God Unknown
Sweet Thursday
The Long Valley
The Pearl
Cannery Row
Tortilla Flat
Of Mice And Men

Recommendations

To Kill A Mockingbird
The Handmaid's Tale
Brave New World
Frankenstein
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
Pride And Prejudice
Best Laid Plans
The Girl on the Train
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Golden House
Dragonfly In Amber
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Swing Time
The Golden Age
The Mistress
Tiger Men
The Great Gatsby
Animal Farm
Fifty Shades Darker