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John Steinbeck: Centennial Reflections

by Susan Shillinglaw

From the preface: This book is a centennial tribute to John Steinbeck, born February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California. Over two years ago, after I discussed this project with both Elaine Steinbeck, the author's widow, and Eugene Winkle, President of McIntosh and Otis, I started writing letters to writers. The letter said, in part: "I would like to compile a volume of other writers' brief comments on Steinbeck: his importance as a twentieth-century literary and cultural figure; his significance to your own work; his impact as a writer. Any length comment would be most appreciated ... There seems no better way to commemorate the importance of Steinbeck than to show how he influenced others." Compiled here are the responses I received. It is certainly a tribute to Steinbeck the writer; it is also a tribute to the men and women of letters who wrote so generously and thoughtfully about his work.

A Journey into Steinbeck's California

by Susan Shillinglaw Nancy Burnett

This part art book, part biography, and part travel guide offers insight into how landscapes and townscapes influenced John Steinbeck's creative process and how, in turn, his legacy has influenced modern California. Various types of readers will appreciate the information in this guide-literary pilgrims will learn more about the state featured so prominently in Steinbeck's work, tourists can visit the same buildings that he lived in and wrote about, and historians will appreciate the engrossing perspective on daily life in early and mid 20th-century California. Offering an entirely new perspective on Steinbeck and the people and places that he brought to life in his writing, this edition includes a wonderful variety of photographs, sketches, and paintings, including some from private, rarely seen collections. With a new preface from the author, updated details on featured websites, a new discussion on Steinbeck's ecological interests and activities, and an extended exploration of his many travels to Mexico, readers will find delight in this depiction of the symbiotic relationship between an author and his favorite places.

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