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By Susan Shillinglaw

This half artwork e-book, half biography, and half trip advisor bargains perception into how landscapes and townscapes motivated John Steinbeck's artistic strategy and the way, in flip, his legacy has inspired sleek California. quite a few different types of readers will delight in the knowledge during this guide—literary pilgrims will research extra in regards to the country featured so prominently in Steinbeck's paintings, travelers can stopover at an identical structures that he lived in and wrote approximately, and historians will enjoy the engrossing viewpoint on lifestyle in early and mid 20th-century California. delivering a completely new standpoint on Steinbeck and the folk and locations that he delivered to lifestyles in his writing, this variation encompasses a tremendous number of pictures, sketches, and work, together with a few from inner most, not often visible collections. With a brand new preface from the writer, up to date information on featured web content, a brand new dialogue on Steinbeck's ecological pursuits and actions, and an extended...

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The West nurtured his soul, even when he was three thousand miles away, living in a New York apartment and finding watery solace at a weekend retreat in Sag Harbor, Long Island, a cottage by the sea not so very different from the one his father had built in Pacific Grove in 1904, two blocks from Monterey Bay. California was, quite simply, home. In 1948, for example, he was living in New York City with his second wife and his world was falling apart. His health was bad, nerves shredded, stomach tight.

He wrote about the history and geography of place. He wrote about the people who lived in the towns and valleys of Monterey County. He showed how each place he loved—Jolon, Soledad, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Salinas—had a different energy. Steinbeck’s fiction is a rich tapestry of land, history, and human experience. East of Eden, part autobiography, part myth, part historical survey, part anecdote, part pure creation, was the “big book” that would strike the symphonic chords of Steinbeck’s life.

4. Novelists, American--20th century--Biography. 5. California--In literature. 6. California--Biography. I. Burnett, Nancy. II. Title. 52--dc22 [B] 2011018233 For Bill Gilly, who most certainly knows why Contents Preface Acknowledgments 1. Steinbeck’s California: The Valley of the World 2. Salinas: A Remembered Symphony 3. Beyond Salinas: Salad Bowl of the World 4. Moving Around: A Restless Decade 5. Monterey Peninsula: Circle of Enchantment 6. Pacific Grove: The Writer’s Retreat 7. New Monterey: Water-Gazers 8.

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