Definition of East of Eden from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

East of Eden

 
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a novel (1952) by the US author John Steinbeck. It is about a farmer and his family in the Salinas Valley of California during the early years of the 20th century. A film version (1955) used mostly the second half of the book, in which one of the farmer's sons discovers that his mother owns a brothel (= house of prostitutes). This was James Dean's first major role.