A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for selected works by John Steinbeck's, 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature winner. Titles in this study guide include The Red Pony and The Pearl. As an author of the Civil Rights Era, Steinbeck effectively writes symbolic structures and conveys social criticism in a progressively idealistic tone. Moreover, his proletarian themes strike a universal chord with readers as they battle with moral and complex ideologies. This Bright Notes Study Guide explores the context and history of Steinbeck's classic work, helping students to thoroughly explore the reasons they have stood the literary test of time. Each Bright Notes Study Guide contains: - Introductions to the Author and the Work - Character Summaries - Plot Guides - Section and Chapter Overviews - Test Essay and Study Q&As The Bright Notes Study Guide series offers an in-depth tour of more than 275 classic works of literature, exploring characters, critical commentary, historical background, plots, and themes. This set of study guides encourages readers to dig deeper in their understanding by including essay questions and answers as well as topics for further research.