By Susan Shillinglaw
This half artwork booklet, half biography, and half trip advisor deals perception into how landscapes and townscapes encouraged John Steinbeck's inventive technique and the way, in flip, his legacy has stimulated sleek California. quite a few forms of readers will have fun with the data during this guide—literary pilgrims will study extra in regards to the country featured so prominently in Steinbeck's paintings, travelers can stopover at a similar constructions that he lived in and wrote approximately, and historians will take pleasure in the engrossing viewpoint on way of life in early and mid 20th-century California. supplying a completely new point of view on Steinbeck and the folk and locations that he dropped at existence in his writing, this version features a amazing number of pictures, sketches, and work, together with a few from deepest, 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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Extra resources for A Journey into Steinbeck's California
Chiaroscuro of the land tallies with his characters’ own light and shadow. Perhaps the mountain ranges bordering the Salinas Valley shouted “contrast” to Steinbeck most loudly—and those contrasts mean things deep in the psyche. The Gabilan Mountains to the East are “light gay mountains full of sun and loveliness and a kind of invitation,” he writes in East of Eden. In The Red Pony (1937), the Gabilans are “jolly mountains, with hill ranches in their creases, and with pine trees growing on the crests.
His plan was to complete a first draft of “The Salinas Valley” and then accompany friend Edward F. Ricketts on a trip to the Vancouver Islands. The two would write a scientific book (on the model of Sea of Cortez and called “The Outer Shores”), while the “The Salinas Valley,” John said, would sink into his unconscious. Then he would rewrite. ” That plan was crushed with the mid-1948 death of Ricketts and Steinbeck’s divorce from his second wife, Gwyn. Not until 1951 would he begin writing “The Salinas Valley,” a manuscript that contains the pain of a bitter divorce, fatherhood circumscribed, and friendship cut short.
Moving Around: A Restless Decade 5. Monterey Peninsula: Circle of Enchantment 6. Pacific Grove: The Writer’s Retreat 7. New Monterey: Water-Gazers 8. Bohemian Carmel: Modernism in the West 9. Los Gatos: A Place to Write 10. Beyond California: The Lure of Mexico Timeline For Further Reading Notes Index Credits About the Author About the Photographer About the ArtPlace Series Preface to the Second Edition John Steinbeck was a traveling man, restless and curious throughout his sixty-six years. Born in Salinas in 1902, he fled hometown proprieties as soon as he was able, enrolling in Stanford University at the age of seventeen—although he had scant interest in earning a degree.
A Journey into Steinbeck's California by Susan Shillinglaw