New York: Viking Press, 1947. First Edition. 8vo. 122 pp. Drawings by Jose Clemente Orozco. Publisher's rust cloth in the first issue dustjacket with Steinbeck looking towards his left in the picture on the rear cover. A fine copy in very good dustjacket (fading to spine; minor wear to extremities with short closed tears & creasing to upper edge; age toning & small spot to rear cover). Item #19008
The Pearl is a novella by American author John Steinbeck, first published in 1947. It is the story of a pearl diver, Kino, and explores man's nature as well as greed, defiance of societal norms, and evil. Steinbeck's inspiration was a Mexican folk tale from La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, which he had heard in a visit to the formerly pearl-rich region in 1940. In 1947, it was adapted into a Mexican film named La Perla and in 1987 into a cult Kannada movie Ondu Muttina Kathe. The story is one of Steinbeck's most popular books and has been widely used in high school classes. The Pearl is sometimes considered a parable. - wiki. (Goldstone & Payne A25a).