By Susan Shillinglaw
This half paintings booklet, half biography, and half shuttle advisor bargains perception into how landscapes and townscapes motivated John Steinbeck's inventive method and the way, in flip, his legacy has motivated sleek California. a number of kinds of readers will savour the data during this guide—literary pilgrims will examine 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 enjoy the engrossing point of view on way of life in early and mid 20th-century California. supplying a completely new point of view on Steinbeck and the folks and locations that he delivered to lifestyles in his writing, this variation incorporates a amazing number of photos, sketches, and work, together with a few from deepest, not often noticeable 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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Steinbeck’s silver teapot, all of which are on display in a former bedroom. On weekdays, the Valley Guild, which operates the Steinbeck House restaurant, opens the ground floor for lunch. Proceeds are donated to charity. Although John left Salinas in 1919 to attend Stanford University, he made periodic visits home. In 1933, after his mother had a stroke, he and his first wife, Carol, returned to nurse her—and, as it turned out, to discover the power of his best fictional voice. In this, his childhood home, he wrote the first red pony stories about a child’s growing awareness of death.
And on February 26, 1923, he was appointed Monterey County treasurer and was paid a steady salary of $250 per month. Re-elected in 1926, he held the position until January 1935, a few months before his death. Nonetheless, John Steinbeck would always remember the painful, cash-poor years of his adolescence. The experience of living with a father who had missed his calling shaped Steinbeck’s iron will to write. Indeed, his determination to be a writer was formed about the same time that his father’s grain store was going under.
That phrase suggests both creative yearnings and his own wanderlust. But it’s also true that he was a homebody, and the paradox of flight from and return to California was the story of his life. Although he left his home state in the early 1940s, remarried in 1943, and settled in New York City in 1945, John Steinbeck never truly left California at all. “You look like a Californian,” an Okie boy told him in the 1930s—rugged, square-shouldered, intense, free-thinking, broad-humored. The West nurtured his soul, even when he was three thousand miles away, living in a New York apartment and finding watery solace at a weekend retreat in Sag Harbor, Long Island, a cottage by the sea not so very different from the one his father had built in Pacific Grove in 1904, two blocks from Monterey Bay.
A Journey into Steinbeck's California by Susan Shillinglaw