A Journey into Steinbeck's California (ArtPlace series) by Susan Shillinglaw

By Susan Shillinglaw

This half artwork booklet, 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 inspired sleek California. a number of sorts of readers will savour the data during this guide—literary pilgrims will research extra concerning 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 delight in the engrossing viewpoint on everyday life in early 20th-century California. providing a wholly new standpoint on Steinbeck and the folk and areas that he dropped at existence in his writing, readers will locate appreciate this depiction of the symbiotic courting among an writer and his favourite locations.

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Another friend, Max Wagner, often stayed with his grandparents at 5 153 Central Avenue. The Wagner One of Steinbeck’s closest childhood friends, Glenn family had lived in Mexico, and Steinbeck may have Graves, lived in the house at 4 147 Central Avenue. first learned to appreciate Mexican culture at their In a 1969 interview, Glenn remembered that John “was home. He apparently found Mrs. Wagner a kindred a very good listener, especially to old timers who had spirit: she had been a correspondent for the Christian stories to tell.

Murphy when Dennis decided to become an author. “Your only weapon is your work,” he wrote Dennis. John Steinbeck Library The John Steinbeck Library, 350 Lincoln Avenue. income houses, a mountain peak, and Central Park, where Steinbeck played as a boy (an honor favored by his widow, Elaine, and his sister Esther). With many in the community still protesting, renaming the library prevailed, by a four-to-one vote of the library board. “I voted against it,” Reverend Jo Wright of the Alisal Assembly of God told local papers.

Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world,” George tells Lennie in Of Mice and Men. “They got no family. They don’t belong no place. ” Working side by side with young Steinbeck were men who made less than the thirty-two cents an hour he made as a bench chemist; who dreamed only of living “off the fatta the lan’ ”; whose identity was stamped by poverty; who knew what being marginalized meant long before the word became politically correct. This perception of the sharp distinction between those who maintained power and those who never had it influenced Steinbeck greatly, and its acknowledgment became his lifelong subject.

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