New PDF release: A Journey into Steinbeck's California

By Susan Shillinglaw

ISBN-10: 0984625461

ISBN-13: 9780984625468

This half artwork e-book, half biography, and half trip advisor bargains perception into how landscapes and townscapes encouraged John Steinbeck's inventive approach and the way, in flip, his legacy has prompted glossy California. a number of sorts of readers will get pleasure from the data during this guide—literary pilgrims will examine extra concerning the nation featured so prominently in Steinbeck's paintings, travelers can stopover at an identical constructions that he lived in and wrote approximately, and historians will get pleasure from the engrossing viewpoint on way of life in early and mid 20th-century California. providing a wholly new viewpoint on Steinbeck and the folks and locations that he dropped at existence in his writing, this version contains a significant number of photos, sketches, and work, together with a few from inner most, hardly ever visible collections. With a brand new preface from the writer, up to date info on featured web pages, a brand new dialogue on Steinbeck's ecological pursuits and actions, and an extended...

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Although John Steinbeck loved the valley’s tawny hills and his own family, he didn’t embrace his birthplace. Indeed, much of his career can be defined as a rebellion against this prosperous town, smug with its successes. The same man who kept the tone of the Salinas Valley in his head throughout his life resisted the town’s perceived materialism, insularity, and snobbery. As a child, he relished the gossip he heard from his mother’s friends, and one of his earliest extant writings, a short poem, satirizes the women’s chatter.

Max later worked in Hollywood, and in 1939 he introduced John to the woman who would become his second wife, Gwyn Conger. Steinbeck cowrote A Medal for Benny with Max’s older brother, Jack. Monterey County Courthouse The present Monterey County Courthouse, at 240 Church Street, was built around an older structure where Steinbeck’s father worked as treasurer of Monterey County. The courtyard is a serene place to sit. Today’s imposing courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places. ” Artist Jo Mora’s work is seen on the courthouse exterior.

Lawrence proposed when he tackled the subject of American writing in 1923: “Different places on the face of the earth have different vital effluence, different vibration, different chemical exhalation, different polarity with different stars: call it what you like. But the spirit of place is a great reality,” he wrote in the introduction to Classic American Writers. John Steinbeck grew up sensing that spirit of place, feeling that the whole of Monterey County was in his blood. From age fourteen on, his passion was to set it down right and true.

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