By Susan Shillinglaw
This half artwork publication, half biography, and half shuttle consultant bargains perception into how landscapes and townscapes inspired John Steinbeck's artistic approach and the way, in flip, his legacy has inspired smooth California. a number of forms of readers will savour the data during this guide—literary pilgrims will research extra concerning the nation featured so prominently in Steinbeck's paintings, travelers can stopover at an identical structures that he lived in and wrote approximately, and historians will have fun with 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 folk and areas that he delivered to existence in his writing, this variation encompasses a exceptional number of pictures, sketches, and work, together with a few from deepest, hardly ever obvious collections. With a brand new preface from the writer, up-to-date information on featured web pages, a brand new dialogue on Steinbeck's ecological pursuits and actions, and an extended...
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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.
As often as not, John resisted her firm control. He was an uneven, mostly uninspired student and a loving, if not always dutiful, son. He was something of a rebel, with a gang of three or four friends who joined him in childhood mischief: Mr. Steinbeck apparently asked nine-year-old John daily if he’d been whipped at school. And he was something of a loner as well, feeling since his first birthday, he once wrote, that he didn’t fit in with stolid hometown ways. At age fourteen he decided that he would be a writer, a calling that would shape his adolescence and define his life.
Steinbeck’s Salinas Incorporated on March 4, 1874, Salinas is a western boomtown that never went bust. The land created great wealth, “the richest community per capita, we were told, in the entire world,” writes Steinbeck. ” This had first been cattle country. But in the mid-1860s, herds were decimated by a year of flooding that drowned cattle, followed by two years of drought that starved them. Grains—mostly wheat—became increasingly lucrative, and with grains came settlers to the newly plotted town of Salinas City.