A Journey into Steinbeck's California (ArtPlace series) by Susan Shillinglaw

By Susan Shillinglaw

This half paintings e-book, half biography, and half shuttle consultant bargains perception into how landscapes and townscapes prompted John Steinbeck's artistic method and the way, in flip, his legacy has stimulated smooth California. a variety of forms of readers will get pleasure from the data during this guide—literary pilgrims will study extra in regards to the nation featured so prominently in Steinbeck's paintings, travelers can stopover at an analogous structures that he lived in and wrote approximately, and historians will delight in the engrossing point of view on way of life in early 20th-century California. delivering a wholly new viewpoint on Steinbeck and the folks and areas that he delivered to lifestyles in his writing, readers will locate relish this depiction of the symbiotic dating among an writer and his favourite locations.

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They got no family. They don’t belong no place. ” Working side by side with young Steinbeck were men who made less than the thirty-two cents an hour he made as a bench chemist; who dreamed only of living “off the fatta the lan’ ”; whose identity was stamped by poverty; who knew what being marginalized meant long before the word became politically correct. This perception of the sharp distinction between those who maintained power and those who never had it influenced Steinbeck greatly, and its acknowledgment became his lifelong subject.

I had a cloth hat and my shoes hurt because I thought my feet were too big and I bought shoes that were too small for me,” he wrote Esther years later. Olive loved staying at the Clift Hotel, loved being pampered in elegant San Francisco. She made sure all her children were educated: the two older sisters went to Mills College in Oakland, and John and Mary went to Stanford University. 20 Today, Olive Steinbeck’s respectable air lingers about the imposing, Queen Anne–style family home, which has been the Steinbeck House restaurant since 1974.

Stopped in San Juan a while and then drove back over the old San Juan Grade which in the memory of most people is the only one. They have completely forgotten that which was once called the Royal Road and it is now just a country dirt road, which is what it always was, of course. ” Like the agricultural strikes of the 1930s, the movement called la causa protested inhumane working conditions for 384,100 agricultural workers in California: inadequate housing, long hours, and low wages (and, later, indiscriminate use of pesticides).

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