Hard Cover. New York: The Viking Press, 1952. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's green cloth, lettered in dark green to front board, stamped in red and black to spine; in the original pictorial dust jacket. Near fine with some toning to top edge and a tiny nick to the spine label, full page ownership inscription to front free endpaper and a few lines on the front pastedown that have been erased; in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of light toning to extremities, a touch of rubbing to the spine ends and corners, very tiny hole to spine panel beside the "S" in "East", a touch of soiling to rear panel. Overall, a beautiful and extremely bright copy. East of Eden features the intertwining stories of the Hamilton and Trask families. The former is based on Steinbeck's own genealogical lineage, while the latter is a representation of the Biblical Adam and his descendants. Considered by the author to be his masterpiece work, East of Eden is a culmination of the major themes and strengths of Steinbeck's other novels: an affinity for nature, the pervasive struggle between good and evil, familial relationships, and American history. During the writing process, Steinbeck chronicled the development of this novel with letters to his friend and former publisher Pascal Covici, the contents of which were published a year after Steinbeck's death as Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters. A lengthy yet popular tale originally intended by the author to teach his sons about the Salinas Valley in California, East of Eden has been adapted into a film, a musical, and a television miniseries.