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A Journey into Steinbeck's California by Susan Shillinglaw

By Susan Shillinglaw

This half paintings ebook, half biography, and half trip advisor deals perception into how landscapes and townscapes stimulated John Steinbeck's inventive method and the way, in flip, his legacy has prompted sleek California. a number of different types of readers will enjoy the knowledge during this guide—literary pilgrims will research extra concerning the country featured so prominently in Steinbeck's paintings, travelers can stopover at an analogous structures that he lived in and wrote approximately, and historians will savour the engrossing point of view on everyday life in early and mid 20th-century California. delivering a wholly new point of view on Steinbeck and the folk and locations that he dropped at lifestyles in his writing, this variation encompasses a extraordinary number of images, sketches, and work, together with a few from deepest, infrequently noticeable collections. With a brand new preface from the writer, up to date information on featured web content, a brand new dialogue on Steinbeck’s ecological pursuits and actions, and a longer exploration of his many travels to Mexico, readers will locate take pleasure in this depiction of the symbiotic courting among an writer and his favourite areas.

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