Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dale H. Ross
East of Eden (1952), the tenth of John Steinbeck's eleven novels, is a work that celebrates the greatness of the human soul. In particular, it celebrates the power of human beings to determine their own destiny through the heroic exercise of free will. As such, this novel represents a unique development in Steinbeck's concept of human potential, and it grants a power of action he had never before given to men and women.
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David Stewart McCright
May 15, 2013
McCright, David Stewart, "East of Eden: Steinbeck's proclamation of human greatness" (1990). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 78.