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The Winter of our Discontent by John Steinbeck 1st / 1st 1961


First UK edition and first print published by Heinemann in 1961. This is a near fine condition. The wrapper has some minor rubbing / wear to the top / bottom of the spine and to the corner tips. The colours have been retained with no fading at all to any part. The spine is very bright and the lettering a clean white colour. It is not price clipped. The book is also very bright and clean with no handling marks or foxing. Overall a near fine copy. 


The Winter of Our Discontent is John Steinbeck's last novel. The title comes from the first two lines of William Shakespeare's Richard III: "Now is the winter of our discontent / Made glorious summer by this sun of York". The story concerns mainly Ethan Allen Hawley, a former member of Long Island's aristocratic class. Ethan's late father lost the family fortune, and thus Ethan works as a grocery store clerk. His wife Mary and their children resent their mediocre social and economic status, and do not value the honesty and integrity that Ethan struggles to maintain amidst a corrupt society. These external factors and his own psychological turmoil lead Ethan to try to overcome his inherent integrity in order to reclaim his former status and wealth. It was critically well received and in the following year Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.