Steinbeck's tale of commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss remains one of America's most widely read and beloved novels. While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck's work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and a shared dream that makes an individual's existence meaningful. Of Mice and Men also represents an experiment in form, as Steinbeck described his work, "a kind of a playable novel, written in novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands." A rarity in American letters, it achieved remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films.Steinbeck, John is the author of 'Of Mice and Men', published 1994 under ISBN 9780140186420 and ISBN 0140186425.