By Susan Shillinglaw
This half artwork booklet, half biography, and half trip advisor deals perception into how landscapes and townscapes inspired John Steinbeck's artistic technique and the way, in flip, his legacy has encouraged smooth California. quite a few different types of readers will savor the data during this guide—literary pilgrims will study extra concerning the country featured so prominently in Steinbeck's paintings, travelers can stopover at a similar structures that he lived in and wrote approximately, and historians will take pleasure in the engrossing standpoint on lifestyle in early and mid 20th-century California. providing a completely new point of view on Steinbeck and the folk and locations that he delivered to existence in his writing, this version incorporates a tremendous number of images, sketches, and work, together with a few from inner most, not often obvious 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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They went to Baja in 1940 with Steinbeck’s best friend, marine biologist Ed Ricketts, to collect invertebrates, and Steinbeck was planning another collecting trip with Ed the year Ed died, 1948. During World War II, Steinbeck was a war correspondent and after the war he covered wartorn Russia. The 1950s were a decade devoted to travel. He and his third wife, Elaine, would sail to Europe for the summer and fly to the Virgin Islands in the winter, he writing journalistic pieces along the way, published in popular magazines such as Collier’s, Holiday, and Esquire.
Steinbeck spent a long career shaping the contours of that unique land in words. His Monterey County is not Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County, more fabricated than real, but the landscape of his childhood, often more real than fabricated. His valley of the world is historically rich, beautiful, and peopled with migrants. Steinbeck wanted to carve prose so exacting that the places of his heart—the bronze hills of the Salinas Valley and the churning Pacific Ocean nearby—would be fully rendered for any reader.
Asked to write a piece about his hometown for Holiday magazine in 1955, he noted that Salinas’s Beneath the smiling facyade of the social hierarchy, however, Steinbeck sensed an uncertainty and pain that tallied with his own, a “blackness—the feeling of violence just below the surface…. ” The Salinas Rodeo Salinas, an agricultural town, was also a ranch town. Cattle roamed the valley in the nineteenth century, and still do today. Cowboys roped steers and branded calves in hill ranches, in Carmel Valley, and up the Old Stage Road—and still do today.
A Journey into Steinbeck's California by Susan Shillinglaw