Mad at the World by William Souder audiobook

Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck

By William Souder
Read by David Colacci

Tantor Audio 9780393292268
15.70 Hours 1
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The first full-length biography of the Nobel laureate to appear in a quarter century, Mad at the World illuminates what has made the work of John Steinbeck an enduring part of the literary canon: his capacity for empathy. Angered by the plight of the Dust Bowl migrants who were starving even as they toiled to harvest California's limitless bounty and appalled by the country's refusal to recognize the humanity common to all of its citizens, Steinbeck took a stand against social injustice—paradoxically given his inherent misanthropy. A man by turns quick-tempered, compassionate, and ultimately brilliant, Steinbeck could be a difficult person to like. Obsessed with privacy, he was mistrustful of people. Next to writing, his favorite things were drinking and womanizing and getting married, which he did three times. And while he claimed indifference about success, his mid-career books and movie deals made him a lot of money. And yet Steinbeck also took aim at the corrosiveness of power, the perils of income inequality, and the urgency of ecological collapse. Steinbeck remains our great social realist novelist, the writer who gave the dispossessed and the disenfranchised a voice in American life and letters. Eloquent, nuanced, and deeply researched, Mad at the World captures the full measure of the man and his work.

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An Amazon Best Books of the Year pick

A Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year selection

The first full-length biography of the Nobel laureate to appear in a quarter century, Mad at the World illuminates what has made the work of John Steinbeck an enduring part of the literary canon: his capacity for empathy. Angered by the plight of the Dust Bowl migrants who were starving even as they toiled to harvest California's limitless bounty and appalled by the country's refusal to recognize the humanity common to all of its citizens, Steinbeck took a stand against social injustice—paradoxically given his inherent misanthropy.

A man by turns quick-tempered, compassionate, and ultimately brilliant, Steinbeck could be a difficult person to like. Obsessed with privacy, he was mistrustful of people. Next to writing, his favorite things were drinking and womanizing and getting married, which he did three times. And while he claimed indifference about success, his mid-career books and movie deals made him a lot of money. And yet Steinbeck also took aim at the corrosiveness of power, the perils of income inequality, and the urgency of ecological collapse.

Steinbeck remains our great social realist novelist, the writer who gave the dispossessed and the disenfranchised a voice in American life and letters. Eloquent, nuanced, and deeply researched, Mad at the World captures the full measure of the man and his work.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

David Colacci offers an able and consistent narration. His tone, while not conversational, is easy on the ears and keeps the narrative flowing nicely. His pauses are strategic, allowing listeners to take in important points before going on. He also varies his tone to fit the material. AudioFile
“Painstakingly researched, psychologically nuanced, unshowy, lucid…Souder, in his own humble style, has brought a deeply human Steinbeck forth in all his flawed, melancholy, brilliant complication.” Washington Post
“Steinbeck fans could not ask for a more nuanced account of this troubled giant of American literature.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“David Colacci offers an able and consistent narration…[that] is easy on the ears and keeps the narrative flowing nicely. His pauses are strategic, allowing listeners to take in important points before going on. He also varies his tone to fit the material.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: William Souder

Author Bio: William Souder

William Souder is an author whose books include biographies of John Steinbeck, which was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year; of Rachel Carson, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; and John James Audubon, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 15.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English