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The Red Pony

John Steinbeck

Book Basics

Title:

The Red Pony

Author:

John Steinbeck

Published:

1933

Genres:

Novella

Synopsis

The Red Pony is an episodic novella written by American writer John Steinbeck in 1933. The first three chapters were published in magazines from 1933–1936, and the full book was published in 1937 by Covici Friede. The stories in the book are tales of a boy named Jody Tiflin. The book has four different stories about Jody and his life on his father's California ranch. Other main characters include Carl Tiflin - Jody's father; Billy Buck - an expert in horses and a working hand on the ranch; Mrs. Tiflin - Jody's mother; and Jody's grandfather - Mrs. Tiflin's father, who has a history of crossing the Oregon Trail, and enjoys telling stories about his experiences; Gitano - an old man who comes to die at the Tiflin ranch. Along with these stories, there is a short story at the end of the book titled "Junius Maltby." However, this last story is omitted in the edition published by Penguin Books.

Characters

Billy Buck, Jody Tiflin, Carl Tiflin, Grandfather, Gitano, Mrs. Tiflin

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