John Steinbeck as Fabulist
Lawrence William Jones; Marston LaFrance
. English Department, Ball State University . Muncie, IN
x (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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"Here is an extra copy of this 35-page pamphlet. In an argument sensitive to the many meanings and types of "fable," Jones sees Steinbeck in his prewar years experimenting with the form of the novel but in his postwar works experimenting with the form of the parable. Critics have hurt themselves by looking at the later works in the same way as they viewed the former. Though Jones's analysis will go further, I can at least indicate that he sees Steinbeck as creating a fabulist's world in the later period of his writings. Parable for Jones is, quoting Steinbeck, a "little play in your head." Parable like those Steinbeck writes is a complex moral fable. The article goes on to further distinguish. Jones is careful to distinguish fable as he describes it here from traditional "animal fable." But my sense is that he wants to keep the moral focus of fable and the organization that it gives a work."