East of Eden

Primary Creator
Author John Steinbeck
Era1951 - 2000
Pages778 pages
Name of WorkEast of Eden
Production Date1952
Production Location

Current Location

General Notes

1986 Vintage edition


The interwoven, sprawling story of three generations of two families, mostly taking place in the Salinas Valley in California; shows the development of the moral character of the characters.


The battle between good and evil, guilt and innocence. Takes the position that we are influenced by many things, but ultimately we have free will.

Emotional Sum or Sense-of-life

Life is filled with great and important choices.

Context Information

Many biblical allusions, from the title, to the stories - and even the names -- of the main characters.