I just bought these two books for my personal collection:
Harold Bloom tends to be a rather irascible old fellow, but he is very scholarly and I’m interested in his opinion.
I bought this one at Barnes & Noble in print format, although it looks like it’s only available on amazon in kindle format. This omnibus edition contains five short novels by Steinbeck: Tortilla Flat, The Moon is Down, The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row and The Pearl. I am especially interested in Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row. I sort of hated Of Mice and Men when I read it in school, but I’m prepared to give it another chance since there is a more than remote possibility that my hatred stems from the fact that someone MADE me read it, rather than from the fact that it isn’t amazing.