The Pearl

Reception and analysis

The book received initial positive response from publications such as The New York Times and Library Journal.[7]

The story is one of Steinbeck's most popular books and has been widely used in high school and middle school classes.[2]

Jackson Benson writes that The Pearl was heavily influenced by Steinbeck's interest in the philosophy of Carl Jung.[5] Steinbeck wrote that he created the story of The Pearl to address the themes of "human greed, materialism, and the inherent worth of a thing."[3]

The Fleming & John song "The Pearl" was based on this story.


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