East of Eden

First published in 1952, East of Eden�is the work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love’s absence. A masterpiece of Steinbeck’s later years, East of Eden�is a powerful and vastly ambitious novel that is at once a family saga and a modern retelling of the Book of Genesis.