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 prompted John Steinbeck's artistic technique and the way, in flip, his legacy has inspired sleek California. numerous kinds of readers will have fun with the data during this guide—literary pilgrims will research extra in regards to the nation featured so prominently in Steinbeck's paintings, travelers can stopover at an analogous constructions that he lived in and wrote approximately, and historians will take pleasure in the engrossing point of view on lifestyle in early 20th-century California. providing a wholly new point of view on Steinbeck and the folk and locations that he delivered to lifestyles in his writing, readers will locate savour this depiction of the symbiotic dating among an writer and his favourite locations.

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Mexican laborers six weeks later . . my people have learned through the started crossing the border early in the twentieth ages to live close together, to keep clean and fed under century to work the California fields. Greater numbers intolerable conditions. . These human cattle were came during the Mexican Revolution and after, imported for one thing only—to work. When the work particularly from 1917 to 1920, when Congress waived was done, those who were not dead were to be immigration requirements for agricultural workers.

I do not want to run it as a ranch. Just to go to live in the old house and to walk in the night and hear the coyotes howl and the roosters and to see the rabbits sitting along the brush line in the morning sun. Steinbeck never did buy that ranch, never again lived in the Salinas Valley once he left home at age seventeen. But the smells and sounds and sights of his home valley never left him. Elizabeth Hamilton. Samuel Hamilton. ” —Steinbeck, letter to a friend, 1939 J ohn Steinbeck spent an unsettled decade on the move with one steady goal: to master the craft of writing.

The forest green GMC pickup has a specially designed interior built to Steinbeck’s plan. Curtains made by third wife Elaine Steinbeck still hang on the windows. Motor silent, back door open, parked at the top of Salinas’s Main Street, the truck signifies much that Steinbeck represents: his restlessness, his many road narratives, his abiding love for America and for Americans’ quest for dream landscapes. 28 The Travels with Charley trip, a broad sweep from New York to California and back, suggests the pattern of his life and his work: He gave insistent voice to the American Behind the Steinbeck Center, Market Street was once Castroville Street, the road to Castroville.

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