Picture of John Steinbeck, author of The Pearl and The Grapes and Wrath; Nobel Prize winning novelist; twentieth century American Literature
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Steinbeck, Shakespeare, Pearls
On this day in 1947, John Steinbeck's The Pearl was published. Although he could have taken the all-that-glitters-is-not-gold theme from his own troubles with fame and fortune, Steinbeck's source was a Mexican folk tale. It could as easily have been the Bible, or Shakespeare's Othello, who "loved not wisely but too well," and "Like the base Indian, threw a pearl away / Richer than all his tribe."

 

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