Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

To a God Unknown
John Steinbeck


While fulfilling his dead father’s dream of creating a prosperous farm in California, Joseph Wayne comes to believe that a magnificent tree on the farm embodies his father’s spirit. His brothers and their families share in Joseph’s prosperity andthe farm flourishes – until one brother, scared by Joseph’s pagan belief, kills the tree and brings disease and famine on the farm. Set in familiar Steinbeck country, To A God Unknown is a mystical tale, exploring one man’s attempt to control theforces of nature and to understand the ways of God.

Paperback, 240pp
Penguin Books, 2000 (1933)
ISBN 9780141185507