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Burning Bright - A Play in Story Form

John Steinbeck

The last of John Steinbeck's play-novelettes, Burning Bright was the author's final attempt after 1937's Of Mice and Men and 1942's The Moon is Down to create what he saw as a new, experimental literary form. Four scenes, four people: the husband who yearns for a son, ignorant of his own sterility; the wife who commits adultery to fulfill her husband's wish; the father of the child; and the outsider whose actions will affect them all. In this turn on a medieval morality play, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck casts an unwavering light on these four intertwined lives, revealing in their finely drawn circumstances the universal contours of vulnerability and passion, desperation and desire. This edition features an introduction and notes for further reading by Steinbeck scholar John Ditsky.

The last of John Steinbeck's play-novelettes, Burning Bright was the author's final attempt after 1937's Of Mice and Men and 1942's The Moon is Down to create what he saw as a new, experimental literary form. Four scenes, four people: the husband who yearns for a son, ignorant of his own sterility; the wife who commits adultery to fulfill her husband's wish; the father of the child; and the outsider whose actions will affect them all. In this turn on a medieval morality play, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck casts an unwavering light on these four intertwined lives, revealing in their finely drawn circumstances the universal contours of vulnerability and passion, desperation and desire. This edition features an introduction and notes for further reading by Steinbeck scholar John Ditsky.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

The last of John Steinbeck's play-novelettes, Burning Bright was the author's final attempt after 1937's Of Mice and Men and 1942's The Moon is Down to create what he saw as a new, experimental literary form. Four scenes, four people: the husband who yearns for a son, ignorant of his own sterility; the wife who commits adultery to fulfill her husband's wish; the father of the child; and the outsider whose actions will affect them all. In this turn on a medieval morality play, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck casts an unwavering light on these four intertwined lives, revealing in their finely drawn circumstances the universal contours of vulnerability and passion, desperation and desire. This edition features an introduction and notes for further reading by Steinbeck scholar John Ditsky.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Richard Poe

Length:

2h 53m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:32


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:24


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:57


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:19


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:33


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:11


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:29


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:12


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:53


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:11


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:25


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:37


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:32


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:23


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:38


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:44


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:22


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:24


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:09


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:02


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:01


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:46


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:48


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

00:33