John Steinbeck’s generational epic, East of Eden, introduced by Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Dirda and illustrated by award-winning artist Edward Kinsella, was selected as Folio’s 2017 Reader’s Choice for Fiction.
Of Mice and Men
Illustrated by James Albon
Published by The Folio Society for the first time, Of Mice and Men is John Steinbeck’s electrifying tale of injustice and shattered dreams, set during the Great Depression.
From the rustic styling of James Albon’s illustrations, to the tactile binding that cleverly refers to the agricultural setting, this glorious edition will reignite powerful childhood memories of discovering Steinbeck.
‘A novelist who is also a true poet’
- Sunday Times
Migrant labourers George and Lennie are dropped miles from their new workplace by a bus driver who deems them unworthy of an unscheduled stop. The symbolism is clear from the outset – itinerant farm workers have little social status in the land they sow and harvest for others’ financial gain. George is slight and savvy, Lennie a hulking simpleton, and the pair have formed an unlikely friendship. They wander state to state, working on ranches and sleeping rough between jobs, until Lennie’s childlike naivety inevitably lands him in trouble and they must once again move on.
‘After Of Mice and Men, the act of reading would never be the same again.’
Bound in printed textured paper
Set in Miller Text with Shelton Slab display
Frontispiece, 3 colour illustrations, including 2 double-page spreads, and 6 black & white integrated illustrations
9˝ x 5¾˝
A damning indictment of the American Dream
Steinbeck’s sparse narrative is suggestive of a stage play and his gift for relating complex human sentiments with the briefest authorial direction is unsurpassed. The characters are drawn with confident self-restraint that borders on detachment; Steinbeck sets the scene then pulls back to allow them space to tell their story. The effect is overpowering and ensures this thought-provoking novella will endlessly gnaw at your conscience.
‘A short tale of much power and beauty. Mr Steinbeck has contributed a small masterpiece to the modern tough-tender school of American fiction.’
- Times Literary Supplement
If there was any hope of realising the American dream, it is ruthlessly shattered by Steinbeck as the story progresses, leaving us wrangling with the reality of life at the fringes of society in a country battling financial meltdown. It is an extraordinary book that endures and rattles like the horses’ halter chains in the barn – a repeated refrain that is full of foreboding.
A first for the Folio society
One of the most loved stories in the American canon, this is the first time Folio has published Of Mice and Men and it joins our other Steinbeck titles Once There Was a War and East of Eden. The powerful novella is given a glorious treatment in our edition that features era-defining Shelton Slab display text. Award-winning illustrator James Albon’s work has appeared in the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal and WIRED.
Albon created the poignant image of Lennie sleeping as a personal reaction to the book and this led to his commission; the image eventually forming the incredible wraparound slipcase. This joins a series of striking colour linocuts, including two double-page spreads, as well as black-and-white integrated images.